Cascina Luisin is one of the oldest and most iconic producers of Barbaresco. The Minuto family began estate bottling in 1913 and brings a level of precision and elegance to Cascina Luisin, without sacrificing any of their depth and age-worthy concentration.
Cascina Luisin winery is a family runned business. Luigi Minuto started Cascina Luisin winery in Barbaresco in 1913. Today it is led and owned by Roberto Minuto, third generation of the family. The family aims guaranteeing perfect quality control of all stages of winemaking: from pruning to harvest, from fermentation to maturation. Cascina Luisin is located in Barbaresco, the heart of Langhe. With a total of eight hectares vineyards, which are all owned by the family, covers a production of 40.000 bottles per year. The philosophy of Cascina Luisin is to stay true to the traditional vinification techniques focus on the local grape varieties such as Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.
“The secret is that whoever allows single vineyards to communicate, as only the nature can do in the most important wine-making areas”
Winemaker & owner
Cascina Luisin is one of the oldest and most iconic producers of Barbaresco. The Minuto family began estate bottling in 1913 and became one of the first estates in the zone to do so. Today it is Roberto Minuto, the third generation of winemakers who is in charge. The legacy of the founder, Luigi Minuto, still inspires the family day by day. The philosophy of Cascina Luisin is to stay true to the traditional vinification and focus on local grape varieties. Cascina Luisin only works with grapes from their own vineyards, some located at the best locations of the area such as Asili and Rabajà. Roberto decided after a trial of different fermentations, to only ferment and macerate Nebbiolo for an extended period in cement, to ensure stable wines and tannines. This off course followed by a couple years of aging in large oak barrels.
The wines offer an elegant yet prestigious complexity, which adds an interesting dimension to the character of the wines. Instead of releasing the wines according to the market expectations, Roberto only releases their new vintages when they decide they are ready. Roberto brings a level of precision and elegance to Cascina Luisin, without sacrificing any of their depth and age-worthy concentration.
Stay true to the traditional vinification, focus on local grape varieties
Cascina Luisin brings a level of precision and elegance to Cascina Luisin, without sacrificing any of their depth and age-worthy concentration. Cascina Luisin concentrates on the four classic grape varieties Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis.
Roberto’s Rabajà vineyard is one of the great sites of Barbaresco; west-facing with deep, grey, marlclay soils. The grapes are harvested in mid-October and the vinification is done with respect for tradition. The fermentation starts with approximate 40 days in cement cisterns, of which the first 8 days with frequent agitation for strong extraction. During the remaining days, the wine rests gently for optimal extraction of noble tannins which is important for a good development and ageing. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months, providing for structure and elegance.
The nose is fine and compact, dried roses, truffle and bright fruit jump from the glass. Broad and mineral, it has a plump mid-palate fruit core and loads of juicy, fruity flavors, seasoned by flashes of minerality and floral top-notes.
Arneis is also called the ‘white Nebbiolo’ or ‘small king’, where we intend to feature the noble character of the grape. Roero Arneis is an all-round wine: fresh enough to drink as an aperitif, enough power and complexity to drink with dinner, and smooth enough to drink in the evening. After the grapes undergo a gentle crushing and light pressing, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature (10-12°C) for a duration of 20 days. Aging is done in stainless steel vats with lees contact for 3 months and a further 3 months of refining in bottles.
Golden intense color. The perfume is fruity with notes of apple, pear and lemon. On the palate is fresh with a good acidity. Almond flavor as finish with pleasantly bitters and herbaceous.