Ceretto, the guiding principle of winemaking


Ceretto, the guiding principle of winemaking

22 April 2022

According to the Ceretto family, it includes sustainable practices in the vineyard which have beneficial impact on the nine property crus.

“We aim to reveal the utmost expression of the terroir, bringing out all the elements that contribute to shaping its character: soil, climate, the arrangement of the vineyards and the work of man”.

The choices made by the Ceretto family respect the ecosystem. And this decision can be seen in the way they care for the terroir and its diverse characteristics. Preserving biodiversity in the vineyard and the pursuit of natural balance prompted the winery to eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers, replacing them with green manure. This practice involves sowing the rows with essences that serve as natural fertilizer. This led the winery to obtain organic certification in 2015


Ceretto observes nature’s cycle, a choice that is reflected in the characteristics of the winery’s 9 crus. The 6 Barolo crus and the 3 of Barbaresco each unveil a strong and identifying personality. 

Since the 1970s, the Ceretto family have been familiar with the land from which the Prapò cru is born. The wine produced reveals the balsamic flavor of Serralunga in the glass.  Between La Morra and Barolo, we find the Brunate vineyard dominated by the Sol Lewitt and David Tremlett chapel. Its fruits have been vinified for more than 40 years.  In the area of Monforte d’Alba, we find the interesting and multifaceted Bussia cru. But there is a particular cru that is inextricably linked to the history of Barolo: Cannubi. The Ceretto family owns the Bricco that rises above the highest part of the hill, Cannubi San Lorenzo.

The highest quality of all Barolo wines is represented by Bricco Rocche, owned by the family since the ’70s. The latest addition that gives voice to the numerous nuances present is Rocche di Castiglione: initially combined with Barolo DOCG, it has been vinified on its own since 2018. The vineyard yields a refined and classic wine that reveals balanced austerity.


There are also three Barbaresco crus situated between Treiso and Neive. 

The representative vineyard is definitely Asili, which also holds a certain symbolic value for the family as it was the first of a series of land that was purchased by the Ceretto in the 1970s. The vineyard yields a wine that reveals the typical characteristics of the area. In the higher part of Treiso we find Bernadot that has been vinified for more than 20 years, producing suggestive and intriguingly drinkable wines. Gallina is the latest addition to the Barbaresco crus. This highly expressive vineyard yields a rich and remarkably tasty wine.

Identity is what binds the terroir to each cru. Every single one reveals a detailed story of the territory, one that the winery seeks to maintain through the practices carried out in the vineyard. 

Over the years, Ceretto has built a rich wine heritage that reveals the specific characteristics of the territory and reflects the attention reserved to the vineyards. The practices carried out ensure the best conditions for the wines to express themselves. These two notions bind sustainability to the final wines produced and leads to one single awareness: “Wine is made in the vineyard”.


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