Our story began back in 1820, when Giuseppe Sarotto, the founder of the family, arrived in Neviglie from Barbaresco.
Our family descended from him, and he was the first generation to undertake the winemaking activity, followed by his son Giovanni and then his grandson Luigi Giovanni. Production was originally limited to Dolcetto, which was traded both on the local market and exported wholesale to England.
In the early 1940s, with the advent of the Second World War and phylloxera, the sector suffered a period of recession and business came dramatically to a standstill. Angelo succeeded his father and was determined to continue the family business, tending the vineyards on his parents’ land. Thanks to the support of his wife Maria, cultivation expanded to include new grape varieties such as Moscato, Freisa and Barbera.
In 1984, Angelo’s son Roberto graduated from wine school in Alba, marking a new beginning for the winemaking activity that had come to a halt years before. Seven years later, the purchase of a 20-hectare property in Barolo was a turning point in the development of the winery, taking it into the circle of the most renowned producers in Piedmont. The expansion of the estate was just beginning. Vineyards in the most important crus in the municipality of Neive, were annexed over the next few years, adding Barbaresco to the range of wines. In the early 1990s, Roberto and his wife Aurora, pushed their ambitions even further, to the area of Gavi, where they subsequently set up a secondary winery.
Other grape varieties were introduced, including Moscato d’Asti, Arneis, Chardonnay, Brachetto, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This last grape features mainly in the production of what the estate considers to be one of its most prestigious wines: Langhe Rosso Enrico I° DOC, a wine inspired by Roberto and dedicated to his eldest son, Enrico.
The Sarottos welcomed another addition to the family in 1998. Elena, Aurora and Roberto’s second child. The estate’s Barbera d’Alba Elena DOC, a full-bodied and harmonious wine, made from meticulously selected grapes from the best vineyards, is dedicated to her.
With the addition of Barbera d’Asti to the range, the “Roberto Sarotto” estate was now able to boast an impressive extension of vineyards, producing with the most prestigious qualities and varieties of DOC and DOCG wines, while still retaining its family dimension.