Wine region: Piedmont
Area: Neive (Cuneo)
Square: 10 He
Quantity: 65 000 bottles
Owner: Familia Filippino
Agronomist: Elio Filippino
Enologist: Elio Filippino e Piero Ballario
Wine type: white, red
Grape: Barbera, Cortese, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
Elio Filippino winery is located in the picturesque village of Neive – a UNESCO site, on the right bank of the Tanaro River and very close to Alba, the trufﬂe capital. This location presents a magical landscape of steep hills, particularly conducive to ﬁne and aromatic nuances in the wines.
It was there, in the Frazione Serra Capelli, in the early 1900s, that Evaristo Filippino introduced his ﬁrst vineyard, destined to evolve over time. During the 1950s, his son, Domenico, using his intuition and his father’s precious grapes, followed with his own production of delectable wines. Today Elio Filippino is the third generation of winemaker of the estate, continuing his family’s tradition of superior winemaking while maintaining the greatest respect for the environment.
Under Elio’s stewardship, the winery continues to practice as many traditional and natural methods as possible without using chemical fertilizers or herbicides. The vineyard grass is cut by hand, and only natural bovine or equine fertilizers are applied in alternate years.
Elio Filippino’s philosophy is to produce the highest quality wines with respect to the unique nature of native vines and the character of the terroir. Elio argues that “true quality comes from the vineyard, which does its best to produce excellent quality grapes.” The subsequent processing, from pruning to harvesting, to pressing, is done strictly by hand on steep hills exceeding 350 meters above sea level. The ancient “Guyot” method of pruning is employed which results in lower grape yields but in grapes of the highest quality, ensuring outstanding results.
Elio produces the wines that are quintessentially of Langhe terroir: Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Reserva and Barolo, as well as the white wines: Moscato d’Asti, Gavi and Langhe Arneis.
To learn more about the winery please visit the winery website.