The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Sordo is to be found in the heart of the well-known Barolo region, in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto – just few kilometers away from Alba, in the province of Cuneo. It’s a family-run winery, now in the capable hands of Giorgio – Giovanni’s son – the third generation of a family who has been tending and producing wines for more than a century. The estate was founded in 1912 by the great-father Giuseppe, but the real turn over came with his son Giovanni who – together with his wife Maria, the real witness of the family’s story – bought several vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barolo - the Sorì in Piedmontese language – among the best in the Barolo wine district. The soil of these vineyards – a compact calcareous marl – is rich in micro-nutrients which – together with the unique microclimate of the Langhe region – creates a perfect environment for the growing of Nebbiolo grape. It is a vigorous and difficult grape which can give amazing wines with powerful aromas and great aging potential.
Today the Sordo family owns 53 hectares, spreaded out in the municipalities of Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza d’Alba.
Sordo is unique: it is the only existing winery which can boast 8 different kinds of Barolo – the crus – whose vineyards are located in the areas of 5 different municipalities in the Barolo wine district.
Only last generations equipments for the fermentation, storage and bottling are used at Sordo’s, together with a huge cellar – 111 big barrels from 50 to 120 hl – to ensure a perfect maturation and aging of the wine.
Big barrels, made with Slavonian oak, are the secret of this centenary winery: this wood – thanks to its gentle feature – is not invasive with the wine which keeps its authentic taste so that what you will find in your glass is the real taste of our terroir. This is what tradition means – to carry on an habit that our ancestors tought us – just like the Sordo family has been doing for more than a 100 years.
Every single step of the production – from the vineyards to the cellar – follows exactly the process given by the tradition – which has been the mainstay of the family ever since.
Since 2014 Sordo built a new cellar with a amazing tasting room, a showroom – where you can discover and buy all the amazing wines with all the ranges of Barolo until 1990 – and a production line completely total automatic accessibile to the visitor.
The experience you will try at Sordo’s is unique: you will discover how we work through a tour into our cellar. A guide will take you into the Sordo world showing you all the processes of the production – from the vinification which takes place in the old part of the building to the bottling and stocking – walking through the big Slavonian oak barrels, running down at 12 meters underground to find the pearl of the family – the magical infernòt, a Piedmontese word which means little dark cellar where the family jelously keeps the best wines – following the tunnel where big bottle formats are aging, all the way down to the tasting room – where a breathtaking view on the Langhe is waiting for you; here you will try our wines and of course the Barolo through guided tastings: we will make your visit here unforgettable.