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"all my experience has brought me here"

published on 28.06.2018


Barolo, Italy - after more than 50 harvests, Luciano Sandrone, who began as a vintner making his signature wines in his family's home garage, is celebrating his 40th anniversary. …


Barolo, Italy - after more than 50 harvests, Luciano Sandrone, who began as a vintner making his signature wines in his family's home garage, is celebrating his 40th anniversary. Until today he has concentrated himself on Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, 3 autochthonous varietals in the two distinct wine regions of Langa and Roero, both of which are close to his heart. The result of his intuition, talent and skill are five internationally known red wines. The future is bright for Luciano: his grandchildren Alessia, Stefano and his nephew Giacomo are gradually taking on more and more responsibilities in the winery, while the Family all together is ready to proudly announce a bold project for 2019.

Luciano's overarching goal has been to reveal the finest and most subtle nuances while avoiding any hint of uniformity (one could call it "sameness") in his wines. Not the least of his work is his love of bringing to life the finest differences from vintage to vintage. In the 1970's, Luciano chose a clear path: one of uncompromising quality above all else. The focus on only local varieties grown in the best sites became a fundamental part of the Sandrone philosophy - and is today as it was once.

The story began at the family's home where Luciano made his first wines in the garage. Since then, passion, tireless effort and attention to detail have defined his work ethic. Luciano, who inherited no land or vineyards from his family, was able to purchase his first vineyard plot in Cannubi Boschis in 1977 - a hill known as a cradle of Barolo. In 1978, with his wife Mariuccia at his side, he decided to dedicate his life to making his own wine. A chance encounter at Vinitaly 1981 with an important American wine buyer changed his life - the buyer purchased all 1500 bottles Luciano made of his now-legendary 1978. Successes followed, and in 1985 he adopted his then-radical label, still in use today, with the name Sandrone in gold letters on a cobalt blue background. This bold graphic stroke - since used for all his labels - heralded the beginning of an important range of wines which was soon to follow.

The 1989 and 1990 vintages brought Luciano great success and notice by wine journalists the world over.
After their studies, both his brother Luca and is daughter Barbara joined the growing winery after experiences both locally and internationally. Both are intimately involved with the day-to-day operations of the winery and share Luciano's boundless passion for quality. n 1994, the team brought the Valmaggiore project to life with the first bottling from this historic and incredibly steep vineyard.

1999 brought another milestone for the family: the completion of the new winery in just one year of construction, on the valley floor facing the original vineyard of Cannubi Boschis. Respect for the land is a value deeply rooted in all the members of the Sandrone Family, which receives their greatest respect, especially for its unique, site-specific qualities. The family's greatest challenge is the constant attention required to create a unique and unmistakable wine year in, year out. Their constant efforts to achieve this goal have made all the difference.

This effort also manifests itself in the "sibi et paucis" project, launched in 2004. The family decided to hold back a small portion of the 3 Nebbiolo-based wines - Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba, Le Vigne Barolo and Cannubi Boschis Barolo - in a specially constructed cellar under perfect ageing conditions. Here the wines rest: 6 years for the Valmaggiore and 10 years for the two Barolo. In Luciano's personal wine library, the bottles find the perfect conditions for ageing, improvement and constant, slow refinement. The bottles are labeled with a special "sibi et paucis" seal on the labels when they are eventually released from the winery's cellars.
2017 brought ALESTE, the natural continuity of Luciano's first wine, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis. Giving all the experience, knowledge, patience and passion of his many harvests, Luciano pays tribute, with boldness and sensibility, to the next family generation: "ALESTE" is in fact the combination of the names of his grandchildren ALEssia and STEfano, Barbara's children.

Today the Sandrone winery farms 27 hectares of vineyards between the regions of Langa and Roero. Luciano looks forward to the next 40 years with great tranquillity and satisfaction, knowing that his creation, his winery, is fully supported by the new generations who gradually take over more and more and 2019 will bring a new surprise, as Luciano has been working adding a new bottling to his Barolo Family.

Heart and Continuity

published on 02.03.2017

Luciano Sandrone dedicates his Cannubi Boschis to the youngest generation of the family

BAROLO - His family and his first vineyard are what Luciano Sandrone holds closest to his heart. He will now …

Luciano Sandrone dedicates his Cannubi Boschis to the youngest generation of the family

BAROLO - His family and his first vineyard are what Luciano Sandrone holds closest to his heart. He will now express this with a special gesture, dedicating his Barolo Cannubi Boschis to his grandchildren, ALEssia and STEfano. Starting with the 2013 vintage, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis will carry their names on its label: ALESTE.


The story of Luciano Sandrone as a winemaker began in the 1970s in his garage. With heart, commitment and attention to every detail, he created a success story together with his family. From the very beginning, the core of his work was a vineyard that he held in the highest esteem: "Cannubi Boschis," in the cradle of Barolo. To highlight its uniqueness and exceptionality, he felt a separate vinification was essential.


Luciano has always been convinced: "This is the only way I can pay tribute to the richness and elegance of an exceptional vineyard. Deep is the awareness of the area in which my family and I grew up. With respect, we are proud to be a part of it. It is a true privilege to be able to cultivate this vineyard, which we can see with our own eyes from our winery. This respect must be carried out and expressed in the wine, at all times. Thus, this carefully considered Barolo was born – a wine to which I assign my utmost attention, harvest after harvest. I intend to leave this approach unchanged, and so I am making a bold but thoughtful choice for the future: dedicating my "Heart-Felt Wine" to Alessia and Stefano, my grandchildren. From now on the wine will carry their names: ALESTE is in fact the union of their first names, ALEssia and STEfano."


ALESTE is therefore the natural continuation of Luciano's first wine, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis. This "cradle of Barolo" is located at 250 meters above the sea level and enjoys an ideal south/southeast exposure. Thanks to the optimal climatic conditions, it is a wine that has drawn international attention for every harvest since its first bottlings in the mid-eighties. With this gesture, Luciano Sandrone passes down all the experience, the knowledge and know-how—but most of all the passion—of his many harvests to his grandchildren. This is how he gives the Sandrone winery, after nearly 40 years, a new perspective.


Tasting notes

ALESTE 2013 is the result of a classic vintage.

Its aromatic complexity is expressed at every turn of the glass. The sense of smell is captivated by hints of Asian spices, oak, black fruits, and as is typical for cooler vintages, the floral tones of rose petals and hibiscus. These are supplemented by aromas of cigar, cedar, black licorice and white ground pepper.


On the palate, the sense of volume is palpable, dominated by dark sweet cherries and black raspberries. This is a wine that delights all the senses. There is indeed a vibrancy, which gives personality to this wine, and the freshness of the acidity balances the opulent tannins.


ALESTE Barolo 2013 will be a particularly long-lived wine that needs patience. Its present structure makes this wine complete, but still very young: it will reach its optimal drinking period in 12 – 15 years.


  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Indigenous yeast fermentation
  • Maceration and fermentation in open steel tanks
  • Malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barrels of 500 liters
  • Bottle aging for 18 months
  • 1985 – 2012: Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2013 and beyond: ALESTE Barolo
  • Vineyard in the village of Barolo: Cannubi Boschis
  • Alcohol content: 14.5%


50+ harvests, 40 years of activity, 3 varietals: Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. 2 territories – Langa and Roero – that together tell the story of 5 red wines, an expression of intuition, careful observations and continuous refinement. It has always been the greatest aspiration for the Sandrone Family to discover new nuances in each vintage, but most of all to express them in all 5 Sandrone wines. Each vintage has its own harmony, each wine its own story.