“Pio Cesare is what I call a ‘lighthouse winery’. Steadfast and standing tall among the rest, it floods the landscape with inspiration and light for a slew of smaller, boutique wineries looking to find their way. Among the most historic brands in Alba, Pio Cesare has worked hard to promote Barolo and the territory of the Langhe across the globe. Their tireless efforts have been instrumental in creating a unified Barolo identity.” – Monica Larner on Pio Cesare, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2013
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 by family patriarch Cesare Pio. He was one of the very first wine producers to believe in the great potential and quality of Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, and in the other great wines of Piemonte. He was among the very first winemakers to produce these wines with a philosophy that was dedicated to the terroir and the strictest quality of the wine rather than to volume, as was the dominant approach at the time.
Five generations later, Pio Cesare owns more than 70 hectares (180 acres) of vineyards located in the most highly rated locations and best exposures. Within the Barolo region, the Ornato estate and the Colombaro vineyard (in Serralunga d’Alba), the Gustava estate (in Grinzane Cavour), the Roncaglie (in La Morra), Ravera (Barolo-Novello) and the recent acquisition in the prestigious Mosconi cru in Monforte d’Alba. Within the Barbaresco territory, the Il Bricco estate, the San Stefanetto and Bongiovanni vineyards in Treiso. Other select vineyards are located in the communes of Diano d’Alba, Sinio and Trezzo.
Pio Cesare is totally independent, and the majority of their wines are estate-bottled. In addition to their own vineyards, Pio Cesare has fostered long-term relationships with growers for several generations, and manages all aspects of viticulture in these vineyards. Pio Cesare is among the most revered and respected of all Piemonte producers.
“You have to love the energy and dynamic thinking that comes out of this historic cellar located in the city center of Alba. Pio Cesare reflects the happy mood and the general euphoria coming out of Barolo and Barbaresco these past few years. The good spirits are linked to the ever-growing popularity of the region’s excellent wines, winery owner Pio Boffa tells me with his daughter Federica (now working at the winery) and his nephew Cesare Benvenuto by his side. A wide smile spreads across his face. The Langhe is experiencing positive growth and this leads to creative thinking.” – Monica Larner on Pio Cesare, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2017