Charming Alessandro Locatelli has run the estate of
Rocche Costamagna, situated in the fairytale-like
hamlet of La Morra, since the mid 1980s. But its history
stretches back a lot further, all the way back to 1841,
when Luigi Costamagna was first given permission to
sell the wines produced in his vineyards.
Like for so many Italian domaines, the mid-twentieth
century was a struggle. Many of the estate’s vineyards
were sold off. They only produced wine for the family.
Only in 1960s did Alessandro’s parents restart the
property’s commercial operations.
Since taking charge over 25 years ago, Alessandro
has upped quality in the vineyards and winery,
making this one of Barolo’s aziendas to watch.
It receives consistently impressive scores from the
critics, combined with remarkably reasonable prices.
Rocche dell’Annunziata is Alessandro’s best wine, from
one of the very best sites in La Morra: a plot shared
with such illustrious names as Roberto Voerzio.