After my visit in Elio Altare vineyard I was curious how traditional winery can look like in our time. So I visited Lorenzo Accomasso. He lives and works not far from Elio Altare and his family. In the Langhe he is a legend, honored by the cavaliere (knight) title by the president of the Italian Republic for his merits in the Langhe wine culture.
In the 70s he had already implemented the method of heavy pruning of grapevine, gaining in this way a better quality of harvest. What’s more, for more than 20 years he was the President of the Regional Enoteca in La Morra. He works with his sister and together they cultivate 3 ha of land, taking care of both vinification and selling process. Lorenzo Accomasso is a good example of an old generation - he lives lives in a modest and simple way. From time to time he is visited by wine lovers, professionals and distributors even from Asia. It turns out his wines are much more popular in distant Japan than in shops and restaurants in the Piedmont region…
Lorenzo Accomasso is willing to tell me about his youth. During our conversation he mentioned about his beloved, as well as sharing some local gossip. Some people say he has never been to the capital of Langhe (which is obviously untrue),; and, he perfectly knows what's going on in the neighborhood and even in the private life of one of restaurant owners from Alba … the cavaliere is a happy person who is willing to chat. He spends his time in the vineyards and in the cellar where, as his father taught him, his wines are left to ferment at a low temperature (18°C) for 20-25 days.
And even though he is not young anymore, he doesn’t rest on his laurels. Instead, he is a hard worker, taking care of his winery and meeting people at their own homes. The winemaker has never participated in wine fairs and he has never organized wine tastings, but still his Barolo has loyal customers and it’s very much appreciated. Lorenzo Accomasso is happy about his life and the choices he has made. Looking back, he has dedicated all his time and energy to his passion for wine that we, as a happy result, are able to enjoy. In each bottle we can find a piece of his soul and his history, something that can be said of most winemakers in the Langhe area, regardless of which techniques they use in the wine making process.
Below you will find a movie of Mauro Fermariello, where Lorenzo Accomasso tells about his 65 vintages.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE (Italian)
I’m Polish blogger and freelance journalist tasting “la dolce vita” by traveling around Piedmont. As Italia is my passion since the childhood I’m happy having the chance to discover the kingdom of great cuisine and probably the best wines in the world, but also charming little towns and interesting history. My blog Bel Piemonte (available also in Polish and in Italian) was born to show the beauty of this region and to encourage others to discover this part of the Apennine Peninsula.Website: www.belpiemonte.com/en/