After tasting wines at the local enoteca regionale of Barolo, we headed to the charming “cellars” of Agricola Gian Piero Marrone in La Morra. We were to have a “light lunch” along with tasting another5-6 local wines, this time from a much for economical Euro5-7 per bottle to perhaps a high of Euro30 per bottle.
Lunch tables were set out in a room filled with enormous barrels, just beside rooms were wine was made/bottled. The view from the terrace above the building was spectacular, so if you decide to tour this winemaker, make sure to reserve a table for lunch and the view.
Some of the oak barrels recently filled with wine.
Their retail area with several of their labels on offer, most at very economical prices.
The tasting lunch started with some classic bruschetta topped with tomatoes. In this case, the bread was very crisp, all the way through.
A platter of salumi followed next, and the salty, fatty cured meat was a welcome break from the several glasses of wine we had had so far… We finished this entire plank of salumi with freshly baked foccacia!
We each also enjoyed the chicken and artichoke dish, a bit like chicken salad really…
…with two kinds of their white wines, the arnais standing out as a fruity, light, very drinkable everyday wine.
A warm cheese and zucchini flan.
One of several reds.
A selection of local cheeses.
And a hurried finish of a chocolate panna cotta… we kind of rushed off before we could have a coffee as we had a very important appointment to catch at 2pm to go on a truffle hunt, up next.