Schiavenza is located in Serralunga D’Alba in the heart of Piedmont’s Langhe district- celebrated for its great Barolo vineyards. The estate was founded in 1956 by the brothers Vittorio and Ugo Alessandria. Today it is run by the second generation Alessandria sisters, Enrica and Maura and Maura’s husband Luciano Pira.
The estate and surrounding area were formerly part of the Opera Pia Barolo (a castle that is like the Hospice du Beaune - part educational institution and part hospital) whose vineyards were traditionally worked by sharecroppers. The local dialect for sharecropper is “schiavenza” which should give one a clue as to the style here; this is no modern “barrique” aged Barolo estate.
The Barolos here are aged in the traditional large Slovenian barrels called 'botti', they use only natural yeasts and ferment the wines in cement cisterns. The estate covers approximately 8 hectares split between Serralunga and Monforte D’Alba and includes the heralded crus Prapo, Bricco Cerreta, and Broglio.
To learn more about Schiavenza please visit the winery website www.schiavenza.com