Marco Bonfante

I came across the Albarossa grape in September of 2004, and I immediately fell in love with it: its small berries and its thick, crunchy skins which, when squeezed, stained my fingers with an intense, ink-like color. It was a marvelously sweet discovery. Chewing its skins, I perceived the richness of its tannins. As a wine technician, I realized its potential – because of its high ratio of skin to pulp – for making a wine with great structure, concentration, and longevity.
But that wasn’t enough: I wanted to produce a wine that was different from the reds that are traditionally made in Piedmont.

I took a few days off in Verona to visit some friends who produce Amarone: I wanted to find out about the techniques for drying the grapes (appassimento), the right time to harvest, and what were the most suitable containers and ventilation systems.

And that’s how it all started!!

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The Albarossa variety first saw the light in 1938 thanks to Professor Giovanni Dalmasso, who combined genetically Nebbiolo di Dronero, a.k.a. Katus (the flower) and Barbera (pollen) to create a new cultivar. In the 1980s it was vinified for the first time by Professor Mannini of the National Research Council in Turin, who began experimentation at Tenuta Cannona, the Piedmont Region’s center for research into wine production. The first plantings of a commercial nature date from the beginning of the new millennium, while the first D.O.C. (under the denomination “Piemonte D.O.C. Albarossa”) was registered in 2009.

Coming to the present day, our winery has become one of the very few companies producing a wine exclusively from Albarossa grapes, with our flagship product: Albarone.
Meticulous selection in the vineyard is followed by a process of appassimento for a portion of the grapes, to which are added – at the time of crushing – the fresh grapes that have remained ripening on the vines.

For Marco this was a dream that began in 2007, and which has today become a very concrete reality. His objective was to make a long-lived wine, of great structure, which offered a new range of sensations and aromas within the panorama of Piedmontese wine production.

The variety


100% Albarossa



Tasting note


In the glass, Albarone amazes you even with its intense purplish color. The nose offers a spectacular range of scents: ripe cherries, plums, wild berries and spices, as well as a balsamic note. It expresses all of its power on the palate: it is extremely fleshy and tannic, yet rounded, and displays exceptionally concentrated fruit. It is very persistent, with the sweetish taste of ripe blackberries and plums. This wine starts to reveal its real complexity after 5-6 years of maturation in the bottle. If stored at a constant temperature of 12°-14°C, it could be enjoyed even when it is more than 25 years old.



Serving temperature




Food pairings

Albarone goes perfectly with very richly structured meat dishes such as guanciale (jowl bacon) in a red wine reduction, or stewed veal. An exceptional pairing is with pappardelle with a venison and chestnut sauce. Intriguingly, when aged it can even accompany some desserts, such as a chocolate fondant pudding or chocolate chestnut cake (castagnaccio al cioccolato).



1° BEST ALBAROSSA OF ITALY | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2015 | PI 96

Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines 2020 – Luca Maroni


3° BEST RED WINE | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2013 | PI 96

Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines 2017 – Luca Maroni


GOLD | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2013

The Grand International Wine Awards 2017 – Mundus Vini


Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2013 | PI 91

Vinitaly International Wine Guide – 5StarWines 2017


Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2012 | PI 94

Asia Wine Awards Silver 2016 – Decanter


3° BEST RED WINE OF ITALY | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2012 | PI 96

Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines 2016 – Luca Maroni


BRONZE | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2011

World Wine Awards 2015 – Decanter


2° BEST RED WINE | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2011 | PI 96

Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines 2015 – Luca Maroni


DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2011

China Wine & Spirits awards 2015 – CWSA


GOLD MEDAL | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2011

China Wine & Spirits awards 2015 – CWSA


3° BEST RED WINE OF ITALY | Albarone Albarossa DOC Piemonte 2010 | PI 96

Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines 2014 – Luca Maroni


SILVER MEDAL | Bricco Bonfante 2009

International Wine – Challenge 2013

Altitude: 250 mt above sea level.
The soil, rich in limestone marl, contains a small proportion of loam Westerly exposure. The microclimate is affected by breezes from the sea that favor the health and ripening of the grapes. Good thermal excursions enable us to have fragrant, fine, elegant wines./span>

Training system: Guyot
Plant density: 5,500 vines per hectare
Harvest: 70% of the grapes at the beginning of September for appassimento; the remaining 30% in the first half of October
Yield per hectare: 30hl/Ha



After harvesting, the grapes are destalked and, following a soft pressing, are put into stainless steel vinification tanks to be cryo-macerated. This process, which lasts around 30 hours, favors the maximum extraction of aromas, color and structure from the fruit. Subsequently, Albarone matures for a total of 30 months in 1000-liter French oak barrels and then, before release, for 18 months in bottle in our warehouse at a constant temperature of 12°C.

Our Albarossa grape

Features Albarossa

Color of the skins: Black

Category of wines: Indigenous wines

Year of registration: 1977

Regions in which authorized: Liguria, Piedmont

Preferred sites: Hilly zones with good exposition to sunlight
Period of ripening: Late ripening

Vigor: Highly vigorous

Productivity: High, regular yields

The story of Albarossa

Its Discovery: Professor Giovanni Dalmasso crosses Nebbiolo (Chatus) and Barbera grapes, obtaining the first Albarossa vines
Albarossa is included in the National Catalog of Vine Varieties
Studies on Albarossa are conducted at Tenuta Cannona
Albarossa enters the list of suitable varieties for cultivation in Piedmont
It obtains Denominazione di origine controllata (D.O.C) status

Find out about our next project with Albarossa

Duedidue is the name whose meaning encapsulates the union of two grape varieties, Albarossa and Cabernet Sauvignon, which form the basis for the production of one of the winery’s crus. These two cultivars complement each other, highlighting the characteristics of each of the varieties, just as the Bonfante siblings do. In fact, Duedidue represents – symbolically - Marco and Micaela who, though having totally different characters, complement each other perfectly and work together effectively in carrying on their family’s tradition as wine producers. The first vintage of this new wine will see the light in 2022 and we are already all looking forward eagerly to it.