Ancora una recensione di Barolo Boys

E con i primi caldi non spuntano certo i funghi, ma le recensioni di Barolo Boys / the movie quelle sì. Eccone una pubblicata da MiVini, che contiene un’interessante citazione di Angelo Gaja: “”Non è che i produttori del Piemonte siano chiusi all’innovazione, assai più che in altre regioni molti di loro avvertono la forte necessità di integrarla con la tradizione procedendo per prove, passo dopo passo, senza strappo, con prudenza; mentre altri che non sentono questa necessità continuano a produrre i vini che amano di più”. “

dal sito MiVini

Barolo Boys: storia di una rivoluzione 

Nel bel mezzo dei primi veri giorni d’estate ci siamo imbattuti in un interessante documentario del 2014 diretto da Paolo Casalis e Tiziano Gaia, che racconta la fantastica storia di un gruppo di giovani produttori che a cavallo fra gli anni ’80 e ’90, attraverso scelte ritenute rivoluzionarie e tanta voglia di emergere, contribuirono a fare grande il Barolo e le Langhe rendendo vino e territorio attraenti agli occhi del mondo intero.
È la storia di Elio Altare e altri amici produttori che intrapresero nuove strade per cercare una sorta di ribalta dopo le frustrazioni derivanti dalle condizioni economiche e dalle incomprensioni con i padri padroni.
La “revolution” dei Barolo Boys passa senza alcun dubbio da importanti innovazioni tecniche ed enologiche, ma anche da nuove strategie in campo di marketing e nel settore commerciale, queste ultime guidate con abilità e astuzia da Marco de Grazia, importatore americano che permise ai giovani produttori di affermarsi in maniera decisiva negli Stati Uniti, ottenendo grande considerazione e smisurato affetto.
Per questi giovani pionieri la barrique divenne quasi una religione, cosa che non tutti digerirono, soprattutto alcuni storici produttori fedeli da sempre alle antiche tradizione della Langa.
Da una parte Elio Altare con le posizioni dei Barolo Boys, dall’altra la fermezza di Bartolo Mascarello, icona del Barolo e fermo contestatore della barrique. Il primo importatore di metodologie studiate e recepite nel viaggio in Borgogna del 1976, il secondo legato ai valori della tradizione in chiave futura.
Ancora oggi la crescita delle Langhe in particolare del Barolo è una contesa ideologica tra modernisti e tradizionalisti che scalda gli animi di produttori, critica, importatori, wine lovers, ecc…
Uno sguardo attento su questo intricato scenario ci piace ritrovarlo nelle parole di Angelo Gaja riportate nel volume “Storie di vino e cucina” edito da Mondadori, nel quale parla così dei suoi corregionali: “Non è che i produttori del Piemonte siano chiusi all’innovazione, assai più che in altre regioni molti di loro avvertono la forte necessità di integrarla con la tradizione procedendo per prove, passo dopo passo, senza strappo, con prudenza; mentre altri che non sentono questa necessità continuano a produrre i vini che amano di più”.
Insomma un documentario consigliato a tutti i curiosi del mondo del vino, agli innamorati degli straordinari panorami delle Langhe e dei suoi principali prodotti.
Al termine della proiezione sarebbe stato il caso di bere un buona annata di Barolo firmato dai tradizionalisti ed una dai modernisti, anzi magari due per tipo. Ci sarà tempo e modo di farlo, sapremo rendervene conto, intanto auguriamo buon visione a chi sceglierà di gustarsi questa pellicola.
Info: è possibile vedere il film in streaming (http://www.baroloboysthemovie.com) o scaricarlo direttamnte da Itunes, come abbiamo fatto noi.

 

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Barolo Boys – historia winiarskiej rewolucji

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Cinema Paradiso: A selection of films from CineFesta Italia

BAROLO BOYS: THE STORY OF A REVOLUTION

Documentary, not rated, 64 minutes, in English and Italian with subtitles, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 3 chiles

What is identity? asks this 2014 film about one of the great wine success stories of the last century. Barolo wine took the international wine stage by storm in the 1980s and ’90s. This affectionately told story from directors Paolo Casalis and Tiziano Gaia focuses on the “Barolo boys,” a handful of Nebbiolo grape-growers who set off a wave of technical innovations in winemaking techniques starting in the 1970s. Filmed in the lush Langhe region, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and featuring intermittent visits by a brass band, which marches up and down the vineyards trumpeting the enormous pride of these winemakers, the film is irreverent and breezy in classic Italian fashion, with a somewhat meandering narrative that sometimes falters. Still, passion and dedication shine through in interviews with vintners like Elio Altare, an iconoclast who had the vision to deviate from established methods and thus kicked off a revolution in winemaking. As one subject in the film puts it, “We had the power to change things, which is the best thing you can have in life.” — M.B.

How a tiny Italian village revolutionised the world of wine

from DocSupper.com

Barolo is delightful little medieval hamlet in Piedmont’s beautiful Langhe wine region in the North West of Italy. It’s also the site of one of the most remarkable food revolutions of the 21st Century.

In the 1980s, Barolo wines weren’t recognized internationally. The wines were known to age beautifully, but couldn’t be enjoyed in their youth as the tannins were so strong. Wine makers lacked capital to buy tractors and other critical tools, and winemaking techniques weren’t up to modern standards of cleanliness as a result.

A group of local wine makers decided a revolution was needed.

This group became known as the ‘Barolo boys’, completely transforming the world of Barolo wine and winemaking more broadly. Their story is a story of the clash between tradition and modern innovation.

Elio Altare

Revolutions start when bellies are empty- Elio Altare (Wine and Revolution Maker)

The Barolo Boys

Barolo Boys the documentary explores this revolution, the positives and the negatives. It also tells the personal story behind the scenes – a tale of friendship and spirit of the people behind the transformation and the resulting success.

Join DOC:Supper on the 28th of April (from 7.30 pm) to watch Barolo Boys @ The Proud Archivist in Haggerston.

Get your ticket here and secure your seat.

Barolo boys or, simply, boys

from fabiodellamarta.com

I don’t wont to take part in this struggle because, you’ve to know, it’s a struggle between two sides. When I was a child, I was with the cow boys against Sioux, I was with Mickey Mouse against the Beagle Boys. Now that I’m older, just a little bit, probably I’ll have a chance to understand that borders are often smooth and made to be broken.

I don’t wont to take part in this struggle, I don’t really know if barolo history has been made by the “olds” with the big barrel or by the “youngs” with the barrique, by the fathers of the “big quantity” or by the “sons” who cut the grapes and leave them fall on the ground. Probably history, as history itself would be able to explain, take origin from a synthesis…and a synhtesis is always full of pain.

Neverthless I can’t stop to be fascinated, I can say this without any kind of fear, by Elio Altare’s words. I can’t stop to be fascinated by that age, that strain, that “affronto” as he defined it in the movie. And I don’t absolutely care if his barolo is better than his father’s one, or not. What is important for me is wine, that once more tells us about life, about times, about evolution. Our evolution.

So Barolo Boys simply were what we all were one time ago. What we were in that wonderful and painful moment when we had to decide to leave our house our nest and to fly, to live. When we had do decide what to do and what to be.

Because, as I often said to myself, to leave and to change, doesn’t not mean to abandon or to repudiate. And I think there are only two ways to die: not moving or moving without having inside what others before us teached to us.

So, probably, before “Barolo Boys” they were, simply, boys.

El cinquè Most Festival premia el documental «Barolo Boys»

La cinquena edició el Most. Penedès Festival Internacional de Cinema del Vi i el Cava, organitzat pel Vinseum (Museu de les Cultures del Vi de Catalunya) i el Cine Club Vilafranca, s’acomiadava aquest diumenge. Com cada any, el festival ha mostrat una acurada selecció de les millors peces audiovisuals relacionades amb el món de la vinya, el vi i el cava a Vilafranca, Sant Sadurní i a d’altres indrets del Penedès.

La preestrena de Barcelona, nit d’hivern, de Dani de la Orden, el darrer 5 de novembre, donava el tret de sortida al certamen, que avui ha clausurat La novia, una adaptació al cinema de Bodas de sangre de García Lorca. El palmarès de la secció Collita està encapçalat pel documental italià Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione, de Paolo Casalis, reconegut amb el Gran Premi del Jurat, dotat amb 1.000 euros, i amb el Premi Projecció Internacional.

El film és un relat engrescador sobre la revolució col·lectiva d’un grup de joves vinaters de la regió italiana de Langhe que, amb orgull i passió, passen de l’autoproducció a consolidar els vins de Barolo, una denominació d’origen admirada arreu del món. La secció oficial del certamen, centrada en la producció audiovisual sobre la vinya i el vi, ha projectat enguany 21 treballs de països com Itàlia, Suïssa, França, Xile i Estats Units.

Un palmarès repartit

El jurat, integrat per Xavi Ayala (sommelier), Anna Espelt (elaboradora), Carlos R. Ríos (director del festival D’A), Gemma Ferraté (directora de cinema) i Maria Antònia Rovira (agent d’actors) també ha reconegut amb una Menció especial en la categoria de Millor projecció internacional la producció Chasselas forever, dirigida per Florian Burion.

El Premi al millor treball documental ha estat per Beudon – La terre, l’homme et la vigne, dirigit per Christian Laubacher i Delphine Schacher, i el Premi al millor treball de ficció ha reconegut Vinodentro, de Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani. El Premi Arrels al millor treball lligat al territori se l’ha endut À la source du vin, de Philippe Gasnier, i Premi al millor treball promocional L’Olivera Únic: no beuràs mai res igual, dirigit per Marc Saludes.

El palmarès de la secció Brot, la mostra de curtmetratges, està encapçalat per Ser e voltar, de Xacio Baño, Premi del Jurat al Millor Curtmetratge. El jurat, integrat per Anna Petrus (crítica de cinema), Roger Casamajor (actor) i Maria Olivella (exhibidora), ha volgut fer també una menció especial a Caradecaballo, de Marc Martínez. El públic ha premiat Playback, de Nico Aguerre, i el Jurat jove, Walls, dirigit per Miguel López Beraza.

Palmarès de la Secció Collita 2015

Gran Premi del Jurat
Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione, Paolo Casalis

Premi millor treball de Ficció
Vinodentro, dirigit per Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani

Premi al Millor Treball Documental
Beudon – La terre, l’homme et la vigne, dirigit per Christian Laubacher i Delphine Schacher

Premi Arrels
À la source du vin, dirigit per Philippe Gasnier

Premi a la Millor Projecció Internacional
Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione, dirigit per Paolo Casalis

Menció d’Honor a Projecció Internacional
Chasselas forever, dirigit per Florian Burion

Premi al Millor Treball Promocional
L’Olivera Únic: no beuràs mai res igual, dirigit per Marc Saludes

Palmarès de la secció Brot 2015

Premi al Millor curtmetratge
Ser e voltar, dirigit per Xacio Baño

Menció Especial al Curtmetratge
Caradecaballo, dirigit per Marc Martínez

Premi del Públic al Millor Curtmetratge
Playback, dirigit per Nico Aguerre

Premi del Jurat al Millor Curtmetratge
Walls, dirigit per Miguel López Beraza

Barolo Boys vince il Most Film Festival 2015!

Si è appena concluso a Vilafranca del Penedes, a pochi chilometri da Barcellona, il MOST, Festival Internazionale di Cinema e Vino. Il documentario “Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione” (http://www.baroloboysthemovie.com/) è stato il dominatore di questa edizione, aggiudicandosi due premi: il Gran Premio della Giuria, premio principale del Festival, ed il Premio alla Miglior Produzione Internazionale.

The 5th edition of Most, International Festival of Wine&Film, in Vilafranca del Penedes (Barcelona) has closed sunday. Our documentary“Barolo Boys. The Story of a Revolution” (http://www.baroloboysthemovie.com/index_eng.html) was the absolute winner of this edition, conquering the “Gran premi del Jurat” and the “Award for Best International Production”.

We would like to thank the Festival’s organization and crew.


Di seguito, il comunicato stampa del Festival:
Below, the Festival’s note:

El documental “Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione”, de Paolo Casalis y Tiziano Gaia, guanya el Gran Premi del Jurat del 5è Most Festival

La treball italià també s’ha fet amb el Premi Projecció Internacional

Avui ha acomiadat la seva cinquena edició el Most. Penedès Festival Internacional de Cinema del Vi i el Cava, organitzat pel Vinseum (Museu de les Cultures del Vi de Catalunya) i el Cine Club Vilafranca. Com cada any, el festival ha mostrat una acurada selecció de les millors peces audiovisuals relacionades amb el món de la vinya, el vi i el cava a Vilafranca, Sant Sadurní i a d’altres indrets del Penedès.

El palmarès de la secció Collita està encapçalat pel documental italià “Barolo Boys. Storia di una Rivoluzione”, de Paolo Casalis, reconegut amb el Gran Premi del Jurat, dotat amb 1.000 euros, i amb el Premi Projecció Internacional. Un relat engrescador sobre la revolució col·lectiva d’un grup de joves vinaters de la regió italiana de Langhe que, amb orgull i passió, passen de l’autoproducció a consolidar els vins de Barolo, una denominació d’origen admirada arreu del món. La secció oficial del certamen, centrada en la producció audiovisual sobre la vinya i el vi, ha projectat enguany 21 treballs de països com Itàlia, Suïssa, França, Xile i Estats Units.
per info sul film: www.baroloboysthemovie.comguarda le altre produzioni Stuffilm sul sito http://www.stuffilm.com/

Goteborg

I take the liberty to use it Andras Lengyel put out on facebook, the Barolo Boys website.
Here are some pictures from the fantastic test with Barolo Boys, which followed the interesting movie of the same name.
Hope all of you who were there to share her thoughts about the film and about the test.

Quote Andras:

Thank you for visiting Munskänkarna here in Gothenburg! Interesting movie and good wines! It Seems That The Number of people attending this event broke a record with us, 152 people in total including us “working” at the event. Here are some pictures from the event:


All the people at the event.

The “working crew” at the event.
Wine tasting in progress. Everybody Focusing on the wines in the glasses.
Silvia and Mats

Silvia with Bjorn kept at the front desk.

Preparing the plate with Italian specialties.

Below is even more pictures from Andras
Mingle wine Telemaco, made of grapes Bosco and Albarola.

Now it’s all the same 152 people in Göteborg who tried these grapes!
Mingelvin …

Food in current lines … It takes some work to prepare for a test.

Not to speak about the preparation to pour all the wines to 152 people!

The tasting
The wines !!

 

 

 

Barolo Boys/ Film review from Fabien Lainé (Vin Deling, France)

Barolo Boys – The Story of a Revolution

read original article: http://vindeling.com/2014/09/14/barolo-boys-story-revolution/

Barolo Boys is a documentary film telling the story of the Langhe region, the North Western region of Italy, and its famous “Boys”.

I had a great opportunity to watch in in Premiere during a special screening.

A great movie for wine enthusiasts to introduce people to the Barolo wines, history of a major part of Piedmonte and its winemaking.

A film by Paolo Casalis and Tiziano Gaia
64′ / ITA / ENG
Produced by Stuffilm Creativeye

The film tells the fascinating story of Barolo wine and how it exploded as a world phenomenon.

Now one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago Barolo was unknown even in its own production region, the beautiful Langhe (just nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site), in northwestern Italy.

Barolo’s current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the so-called Barolo Boys.

In the optimistic Eighties, these winemakers upset the quiet world of the Piedmontese countryside and brought about a revolution in Italian wine, igniting a fierce controversy between different generations and different ways of thinking.

After almost 30 years, what is left of that experience? As one of the film’s characters asks, what revolution has ever been successful?

Barolo Boys. The Story of a Revolution traces the short but intense trajectory of a group of producers who indelibly changed the world of wine.

For the first time Joe Bastianich, as narrator voice, is telling the story of a group of wine producers led by Elio Altare (including one girl), which in the 90’s set the agenda for the development of the modern Barolo. Among the people who appears and takes part in the film is Carlo Petrini, Oscar Farinetti, Joe Bastianich, Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Marc de Grazia, Giorgio Rivetti, Roberto Voerzio, Lorenzo Accomasso, Silvia Altare, Beppe Caviola, Alessandro and Bruno Ceretto, Giampiero Cereda, Giancarlo Gariglio, David Berry Green, Bartolo Mascarello, Marta and Beppe Rinaldi, Davide Rosso and Maggiore Vacchetto.

A movie where producers unveil themselves, becoming through the years much wiser and experienced, quoting so many good life lessons, but sometimes becoming as stubborn as their ancestors they were so critic about. Confined in their wellness zone.

Through the story of the Barolo Boys, a group of winemakers quite unknown in the 80s, were dreaming of change and shifted the way of producing Barolo wines. And with hard times, convictions brought Barolo wine to an undisputed star level in the 90s. They brought enormous changes to the Langhe. some define it as the Langhe “miracle”.

Between magnificent new shootage and videos archives. Like a time machine.

Many questions to be reflected in the movie from various view points, between history and respect.

Was that a revolution, a philosophy or a passing trend? Modernists Vs Traditionalists? And many more…

The Barolo Boys are doing a portrait of themselves but also their ancestors and Italian people. Because you realize, same as today in the  Italian wine world they are all divided, each consortium working separately very few  producers walk hand in hand. Thinking just because they make wine they will sell it. But today it does not work like that, so many people make good wine, in different range and quality. But what really makes your wines better than the ones from your neighbor? Yes you need to do proper marketing, find a niche, create your market and collaborate with the right people who can help you thrive and communicate for you efficiently, and you need to be willing to invest for it.

Elio Altare: “I think all revolutions started on empty bellies”.

Following the path of Elio Altare in 1983, describing the wines of the ancestors as tannic and harsh, that needed to wait 25 to 50 years before being drinkable. The poor living conditions and his father’s reluctance change things in the wine production. He remembers clearly when he took a chainsaw down into the cellar and destroyed large wine barrels. His father threw him Elio Altare out his home and taught he was crazy. Where he just came back in 1985 at his father’s death. Elio Altare was back from Burgundy for inspiration and experience. There he learned the importance of thinning the number of grape bunches and use small French barriques for storing wine in.

He still remembers when Barolo wines where not famous, not even known by the world, when Langhe wines where just consumed locally. Many questions were running around, “Why isn’t people drinking Barolo?” because it did not bring pleasure he says.

In 1969, people were still working with animals in the vineyards, he quotes “there was no tractions at that time, we were selling Barolo for 1500 lire / 0,7L so about 1$ a bottle, it was a frustration

Memories of the past, not often the most shiny ones.

When a great wine was produced it meant that nature had had better sense than the winemaker”.

Silvia Altare, one of the two Elio’s daughter, remembers and describe the winery in its past, “gasoline, chicken shit and wine making in the same area, that is why maybe it wasn’t so successful”.

Beppe Rinaldi remembers time when the wines were sold unbottled, except for Barolo. Quoting “I’m the fifth generation, a rot let’s say”. And qualify again the local people and producers state of mind, “ the local people never had a cooperative spirit, Langhetto sticks to his culture and history”.

Alessandro Bruno Ceretto, who was part of the beginning of the Barolo boys, portrays the Langhe people as difficult and gamblers, people who likes challenges. He says they love the risk.

Giampiero Cereda remembers a time when barrels were hidden with card boards from the ancients in the back of the winery, the eldest people just wanted old wood for their wines.

This “youth revolution” took hard work and time to settle, two months after the methanol scandal in 1986 shocked the wine world as a powerful hailstorm destroyed the best vineyards around Barolo and a tested industry was on its knees.

People was then at that time working as a team, to revamp and give rebirth to the Langhe, Barolo and its wines. They were trying different barrels, blends, they were experimenting, wanting to leave behind the poverty.

But with the incomprehension of the old people, Maggiore Vacchetto, an old vineyard worker says “I’m sorry to see these grapes on the ground, however they are in charge”

Giorgio Rivetti says “ We met as a group of friend every week”.

Chiara Boschis quotes “ There was this absurdity, that thinning out should be hidden from the others”.

Una bella escuerda.

Then in the 90’s, that they went to conquer the US like rock stars. It took much enthusiasm and courage. With Marco di Grazia, an American who grew up in Florence, Italian wine broker extraordinaire, has turned some of Italy’s finest winemakers into cult stars. He was part of the Barolo Boys adventure, and says “if you stay home, you could be the best winemaker in the world and nobody will know”.

Especially the American wine journalists became enthusiastic about the “modern” Barolo, which was much more concentrated in both color and taste than the traditional Barolo, more clean, more modern. Barolo became in terms of taste a fruit bomb with soft tannins.

They were like the “rebel boys”, the success that the young Barolo Boys achieved was not without a price. Although they overcame the crisis, the price has been high for many of them. Confronted to their families eldest and has a misunderstanding. Enhancing theInnovators VS Traditionalists, Rebelious VS Patriots

In 10 years more money came into the Langhe than in the whole previous century.

Economics mattered more and more so from low price, in the 90’s with 3 bicchieri you coulddoubled the price of your wine, it changed the economics of a winery.

Then 2000’s, came Parker and the 100 points awarding a few 100 point perfect scoring to some Piedmonte wines, maybe it went too far ?

Today, individual nature prevailed and so everyone tried to make their own path. Each got their own interpretations of Barolo identity. They all worked in their side. Time matters and maybe they became a bit what they were afraid, a bit like their ancestors maybe. This is the beginning of pressure

They are facing past, just as the “big traditionalists” overshadowed them, now they are overshadowing the young winemakers. Receiving some critics because they behave as their ancestors were.

So many things run around – A life lesson like movie, a bit of a roller coaster. A great journey, filled of confessions and reflexions.

“All generations have this incredible “will” when instead you have to go back to the origin of things. “

“Tradition is a successful innovation.”

“Being conceited about your own generation is a mistake.”

“You have to go slowly to change the world.”

“Without the talented Barolo Boys, the Langhe would have been just screwing around.”

“It seems a bit rash to claim that the history of Barolo was written by the modernists.”

“I believe that in life easy things are boring.”

“Great wines are always good not only after 20 years, as you get married and you want & will enjoy the marriage, you don’t have to wait 30 years.”

“In my opinion modern Barolo doesn’t exist.”

“The crucial element is the evolution of taste.”

Were they visionaries?

 To know and discover more you can order athttp://www.baroloboysthemovie.com/index_eng.html#book

vingardeniklagshamn@telia.com

Barolo Boys/ Film review from Magnus Reuterdahl’s wine blog (Vinotinto, Sweden)

Barolo boys – the movie!
A Swedish version of the review is availabe at Magnus Reuterdahls vinblogg Aqua Vitae (http://vinotinto.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/barolos-revolutionarer-barolo-boys/)
I have had the opportunity to see an advance copy of the film Barolo Boys – The Story of a Revolution (http://www.baroloboysthemovie.com/)
Here are a few words on the movie, on Barolo, on a modern winemaking era!

film trailer: https://vimeo.com/99037299

If you do not know the Barolo Boys, they were a group of young winemakers in Barolo in the 1980s and 90s. Despite the name, it was not just the boys in the group it included one girl as well. Another important part of the group was an american; Marco di Grazia. The addition “Boys” come from that they were young, and the majority of them were just boys.

This is the story about them and the Piedmont in change, a change that is still going on but perhaps not gone in the direction they expected when the revolution started. Barolo Boys changed and reinventetd Barolo. They went from poor farmers to winemakers with rock star status. They went from anonymity to fame.

They broke up the traditional and created something new, they brought in outside influences and changes in how they worked both in the vineyard and in the winery. They started from fresch, from scratch and this created conflicts between generations, in some cases as far as fathers and sons broke completely with each other. Others just didn’t understand and viewed them as crazy.

It all started in the early 1980s, a time of optimism in Italy, supported by an economic boom and that it has won the Soccer World Cup in 1982. This optimism was also found among the winemakers. The young winemakers started to experiment, collaborate and fundamentally change Barolo wines and its character – at least for a while. The change also caught international attention through among other things tours to the United States. Soon they got soaring ratings of known wine writers, they got hyped at restaurants and became the name on everyone’s lips, which culminated with the Barolo and Barbaressco score a 100-point vintage in Wine Advocate in 2000.

The success in the 1990s led to a willingness to go even further, leading to more experimenting and a strive of making the perfect wine. Some went over to using more new barrels, making wines that were more suited to American tastes and the wine writer’s palette. Did they go too far from the origin?

Many felt that way – it was something of a war between traditionalists and modernists in Barolo. In the end it is a matter of taste, but it feels like it like that 100-point vintage was one of the turning points when you loook back. Many took a half step backwards and started to look for the traditional again. There is also a new generation of young winemakers who will and have begun to make their mark on the wines – wanting to go there way.

One can see it the modern Barolo as a bubble. Personally I’m not a big fan of the style but I think there are lot of positive that came out of this period and its this experimentation. This has led to the that the wines are much cleaner and fresher today and at the same time more accessible as young though still with good ageing potential. The wineries are more modern so there are better possibilites to do good wines, there is more money in the region which also is an enabler for working with quality.

This movie is a good starting point to understanding Barolo and its development but also to understand where Barolo is going, what is to come. However, it is not a film that only illuminates what happened in the “modern Barolo” but it can be translated into what happened in the “modern Rioja”, the “modern Bordeaux” and so forth – what is sometimes called the Parkerfying of wine. It describes an era in the wine industry that can be found in many places and the movie provides a key in understanding this.

This is a really good and interesting movie for all those interested in wine and winemaking. So sit down, pour a glass of good Barolo and take in what the Barolo boys learned and take part of their heritage, of images of the past and the present, and glimpses of the future.

Cheers

Magnus Reuterdahl

Among the people you see and hear in the movie are Carlo Petrini, Oscar Farinetti, Joe Bastianich, Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Marc de Grazia, Giorgio Rivetti, Roberto Voerzio, Lorenzo Accomasso, Silvia Altare, Beppe Caviola, Alessandro e Bruno Ceretto, Giampiero Cereda, Giancarlo Gariglio, David Berry Green, Bartolo Mascarello, Marta e Beppe Rinaldi, Davide Rosso and Maggiore Vacchetto.