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Wine Spectator: Italian Authorities Expand Barolo’s Most Famous Vineyard

October 18, 2013

Barolo’s most famous vineyard, Cannubi, is set to expand, provoking mixed reaction from local winemakers. Italy’s Council of State ruled October 3 that wines made from four vineyards neighboring Cannubi—Muscatel, Valletta, San Lorenzo and Boschis—can be labeled Cannubi. The decision effectively enlarges Cannubi from 37 acres of vines to 84.

The ruling was a victory for one of Barolo’s larger and most historic wineries, Marchesi di Barolo, which had pushed for the change and hailed the decision. But it has angered 11 producers who own parcels in the 37 acres and have been fighting to maintain the previous boundaries. “We are very surprised and saddened by the decision of the Council of State,” said Marta Rinaldi, whose family winery Giuseppe Rinaldi owns a parcel. “It is a clear choice in favor of the commercial needs of the company Marchesi di Barolo.” For the full story in Wine Spectator, click here.

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