Azienda Agricola Azelia is located within the commune of Castiglione Falletto, a small town in the Langhe region, in the heart of the area where Barolo is made. It was established in 1920 by Cavalier Lorenzo Scavino, great-grandfather of the present owner Luigi Scavino, and it began as a small farm. Luigi Scavino’s grandfather, Alfonso, decided to vinify the grapes from the estate vineyards rather than selling them and started bottling his own wine. Thanks to Luigi’s father, Lorenzo, with perseverance and willpower, the wines were for the first time exported.
Luigi, with over 40 harvests of experience, is now supported by his wife Lorella and by his son Lorenzo, and who represents the fifth generation of wine producers. Luigi continues to apply what he learned from his father, together with suitable modern techniques and respect for tradition, and he exclusively vinifies the grapes from his estate vineyards.
Great care is given to the work in the vineyards, which are located in Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba and Montelupo Albese. Wine is made from old vines, which produce very few grapes. The low yields are further reduced through green harvesting, indispensable to select fruits, to have a uniform ripening and an impeccable quality. Activities in the cellar are incredibly meticulous, with great respect for tradition and extreme attention to detail.
All the grapes are picked rigorously by hand, in order to make a careful selection of the best fruits in the vineyard. Any unsuitable berry is removed and left on the ground. Alcoholic fermentation occurs spontaneously, thanks to the natural indigenous yeasts. Dolcetto d’Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo are aged in stainless steel tanks only, in order to preserve their freshness and aroma. Barbera d’Alba is instead aged in used barrels for approximately a year and a half. All the Barolos are aged for two to three years in oak barrels from Slavonia, France and Austria, with a capacity from 25 to 50 hectoliters. The vineyards comprise 16 hectares and approximately 85,000 bottles of wine are produced each year.
- Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco dell’Oriolo is a single-vineyard wine produced from one of the best zones of the region for this variety: Montelupo Albese. Vines are 55 years old.
- Langhe Nebbiolo is produced from the estate’s youngest vines, 20 years on average, and is aged exclusively in steel.
- Barbera d’Alba Punta comes from the single-vineyard Punta, situated on top of a hill in Castiglione Falletto, with 60-year-old vines and full southern exposure.
- Barolo Classico derives from the union of 7 different single vineyards from Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba, matching with impeccable balance the different characteristics of the two communes.
- The great Barolo Bricco Fiasco comes from the historical family vineyards in Castiglione Falletto, where the 85-year-old vines yield the homonymous Barolo.
- Barolo Margheria comes from Serralunga d’Alba — an austere wine aged purely in large casks, which show all its minerality and sapidity.
- Barolo San Rocco is the first vineyard purchased in Serralunga d’Alba, which perfectly shows the complexity and the strong character conferred by the clayey soils of this village.
- Barolo Cerretta is an extraordinary new entry. Luigi has been waiting for 30 years to vinify this vineyard as a Cru in order to have older vines. An explosive energy of Serralunga d’Alba. Barolo Cerretta, given the perseverance and the willpower of 5 generations, is dedicated to the Centenary of the winery.
- A Barolo Riserva is produced exclusively in excellent vintages from the oldest vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba: the selected, less than one hectare single-vineyard Bricco Voghera. Here the 95-year-old vines, with very low yields, give a wonderfully balanced wine. Available only after resting in the cellar for 10 years.
The wines of Azelia distinguish themselves by their extraordinary typicity, cleanness and tradition. Excellent drinkability and impeccable balance are two fundamental goals.
Azelia remains one of the undiscovered jewels in Barolo