The Fratelli Cigliuti winery is situated on the Serraboella hill, some 350 metres above sea level overlooking Neive, one of three villages responsible for producing Barbaresco. Renato inherited his father’s 6.5 hectare property which remains family owned and run and is now into its fifth generation with daughters Claudia and Sylvia. Winemaking techniques lean towards the traditional. Estate-grown, handpicked grapes are fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel, then aged in larger Slavonian oak barrels along with some barriques. Dolcetto and Nebbiolo grapes grow in the calcareous soils of the southwest-facing vineyards, while Barbera is cultivated on clayey sites with a south-eastern exposure. The wines show great complexity, minerality and personality.
“Cigliuti is arguably the most under the radar estate in Barbaresco when it comes to looking at the wines and comparing quality with visibility in the market… Silvia and Claudia [Cigliuti] continue to turn out absolutely gorgeous wines. ” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
About Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti
Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti follow the philosophy of their parents, Renato and Dina, with love and care of the vineyards first and foremost in everything they do. With their parents alongside them, they oversee the production of the wines from start to finish. Renato is a genuine farmer, born in 1938 and educated to primary level before undertaking his life work. In the post-war years, when many of his contemporaries left the countryside in search of work, he stayed to cultivate his great passion. As he puts it, separating himself from the land would have been like tearing himself away from his family. The estate is only seven-and-a-half acres, and he’s worked it practically every day since childhood.