Italy | Piedmont | Roero & Barbera d’Alba
“Love and respect for the earth makes us focus on biodiversity.”
In 1985 Matteo Correggia inherited his father’s land in the Roero, the emerging appellation due west and across the Tanaro river from Barolo and Barbaresco. Like those famous appellations, Nebbiolo reigns in the Roero, due in no small part to Matteo’s dedication to making world class wine from the Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes. Matteo literally wrote the book on Roero, replacing vegetables with vines and proving without a doubt that important wines can be made in this sandy soiled appellation, long overshadowed by the powerhouse names across the river. Writing the DOC laws himself, he crafted the finest wines from Nebbiolo and Barbera the region had seen, with their own identity and finesse. The Roero has a long history ahead of it, and like its younger soils, the wines from Roero are more youthful and flashy than those from the older soils in the Langhe. Matteo’s contribution sadly ended with his tragic death in 2001, but his legacy lives on in the wines he made (literally, as some exceptional vintages were made by Matteo, including the 1996 Barbera “Marun” that we enjoyed in June 2013 while visiting the Correggia estate), and the traditions he developed.
Today, the estate is run by Matteo’s late wife, Ornella and their children Giovanni and Brigitta.