His family always placed the highest value on three things: the nature of the Langhe, the hills around Alba and having a job on their own. This would lead Paolo to seek work where he could celebrate all three.
“After high school, when it was time to decide what to do in life, the only thing I was really sure about was that I did not want to sit behind a desk. I wanted to work in the fields.”
He made the decision to go to the closest enology school in Alba. There he met others who were inspired to connect with the land. His passion for wine flourished. All that was left to do was start turning the grapes he was farming at Roccalini into world class Barbaresco.
Cascina Roccalini was founded in 2003, after a decade of farming the land and selling the fruit to producers like Bruno Giacosa. He built a cellar as part of a greater restoration process for his families old farmhouse, “Villa Como.”
After a couple of vintages making wine at another cellar, with unsatisfactory results, Paolo bottled his own Roccalini Barbaresco in 2005, and finally got a chance to make wine his way.