Alberto Ballarin

Langhe Rosso Ultimi Grappoli 2015


Langhe is a territorial Denomination which includes 54 communes of the Langhe and the Roero geographical areas. This denomination allows the winemaker to make single variety wines or blends with indigenous grapes as well as international varieties (i.e. Chardonnay or Cabernet). From the same vineyards of Nebbiolo, for instance, a winemaker can source grapes for both his Barolo and his Langhe wine. Compared to the other stricter Denomination of the Langhe region (i.e. Barolo or Barbaresco), the Langhe Denomination gives a certain degree of freedom to the winemaker in terms of type of grapes that can be used, vineyards location and wine making techniques. This is therefore a Denomination that has greatly stimulated the imagination of the Langhe winemakers including Giorgio’s and Giovanni’s Viberti at Cascina Ballarin.

It all started with an experiment at Cascina Ballarin. Over twenty years ago, during the harvest Giorgio and Giovanni decided to let the grapes of a few row of vines of their Nebbiolo and Barbera over-mature for extra few days reaching an high degree of sugar and concentration of the juice. “Ultimi Grappoli” in English translates as lust clusters; they are indeed the last grapes harvested in the season. After several vintages, this wine is now one of the most appreciated of the estate, with a remarkable fruity and rich palate. 

Vineyard of origin: La Morra

Plants per hectare: 5000

Altitude: 250 metres a.s.l.

Exposure: south-west

Vine training technique: guyot

Age of vines: 10-40 years

Yield per hectare: 50 quintals of grapes/ha

Soil: limestone – blue marlstone


The 2015 was an exceptional vintage thanks to healthy grapes and exceptionally regular bunches, the best since 2010 or may be even better. The warm 2015 growing season posed a few challenges for growers, but overall, it was excellent. 

Harvest: November

Vinification: traditional in temperature controlled tanks

Ageing: 18 months in barriques

Further ageing: 12 months in the bottle

The bunches are left on the vine to overripe - “Ultimi Grappoli” in Italian means last clusters - giving a thick and powerful body.

Deep red colour, rich bouquet of plum and wild berries, ripe and pulpy cherry. Remarkably fruity palate with delicate tannins, full-bodied with a lovely finish.

Excellent with big dishes: red meat, mature and medium-mature cheeses. 

Vintage: 2015
Grape: 50% Nebbiolo - 50% Barbera
Region: Piemonte
Winemaker: Giorgio and Gianni Viberti
Alcohol (ABV): 14%