Charismatic and trailblazing, Bruno Giacosa has been making some of Piedmont’s greatest wines, from both Barbaresco and Barolo, for over five decades.
Born in 1929, the same year as his father took over the family estate, the young Bruno quickly became famous for his impressive palate.
In 1961, he became fed up with his father selling the produce in bulk, and started bottling his own vines. At first this was all done through bought in grapes (which they still do to a considerable extent), but as he came to worry about the use of pesticides and the resulting quality of the grapes, he sought to buy up his own vineyards throughout the region.
He’s been a trailblazer in the region, always focussing on the health and quality of the grapes in the vineyard, with careful, hands-off winemaking allowing the wines to express themselves. The result are some of the most complex, purest, and most memorable wines in the world.