Enrico Rivetto, Rivetto winery, Alba (Piemonte), Italy
Enrico Rivetto is representing the forth generation of the wine makers from Piemonte. Rivetto family is one of the oldest winemaking families of the region – they have been making wine for over 100 years. Today this medium size estate occupies some 35 hectares, 20 of which are vineyards, and faces the spectacular Serralunga d’Alba castle and the charming picturesque village of Sinio.
What has brought you into the world of wines?
I was always into it. My family is involved in winemaking since 4 generations and I was helping to my father in the wine cellar since I was 5 years old.
How would you describe your company?
20 hectares of vineyards located at the Lirano hill, in Langhe, between Sinio and Serralunga d’Alba at 400 m above the sea level. We are producing also a new white variety called nascetta, between reds we have the classics: dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo, from the last one we create Barolo and Barbaresco. If you visit www.rivetto.it you’ll get a better idea regarding our company.
We have beside that an agriturism with 7 rooms www.agriturismo.rivetto.it where you can enjoy some days of total relax, while getting to learn what does it mean being producers of Barolo. In the old part of Alba we have also a small shop which is a mirror of our family, it’s very unique in this region. Not long ago we have started also our blog, blog.rivetto.it which is the only one in Piemonte and one of only few in Italy that explains directly and in a simple way what we are doing and what do we think about wine.
What’s your wine philosophy?
Respect of terroir and equilibrium of different components that are characterizing the wine, so acidity, tanines, fruit, wood should be correctly equilibrated to create a pleasant wine. Always respecting the vineyards which should express that ground and region in the best way – of course we, the wine makers, try to interprete it in the best possible way.
It’s difficult to say who is the favourite son, but if I would choose today I would say Barolo Serralunga 2006, a wine which has a great aging capacity and which is representing in the best way our fantastic territory of Serralunga d’Alba.
Are your wines the way you want them?
Of course they are. But of course there are some new wines which I wish to make better because I believe they can give more, but of course not everything depends on us, the vintages, as you know, are alway different – in good and bad.
Which wine of some other winemaker would you want to be yours?
Barolo 1999 Cascina Francia of Conterno Giacomo, which I’ve been tasting in the last week. It’s really fantastic!
Do you have any realizable or realized dreams?
Every project is a dream and when it’s realized I’m already dreaming again. And I really have many projects in my head – sometimes too many.
Do you have also any unrealizable dream?
Normally I don’t dedicate my time to things which can’t come true, but if I should lit one which I really want to come true, even if it’s maybe utopia, is sincere and true collaboration between wineries of my region, as the one of Barolo.
If you wouldn’t be involved in wines, what would you do?
As a child I was wishing to become a pilot … but if we forget the child’s dreams – if there wouldn’t be wine in my life I would probably like to do something with foreign languages.
Where are available your wines?
You can find them in more then 30 countries of the world or directly in our wine cellars in Sinio or also in our shop in Alba. I’m available for any further information at email@example.com