The Ettore Germano estate is situated in Cerretta, on of the largest’s crù vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba.
This southeast and southwest-facing hillside is where four generations of the Germano family have cultivated Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and Nebbiolo for Barolo, along with experimental plantings of Chardonnay and Merlot.
Since 1995 Ettore Germano’s son Sergio has fulfilled his increasing passion for white wines by planting varieties that are not traditional here.
After some reserch Sergio chose a 12-acre piece of land in the Alta Langa area, near the village of Ciglié, where the altitude of 1.800 feet and white, stony, limestone-rich soils suggested an excellent terroir and climate for white wine grapes.
Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (this last for the production of the new sparking wine appellazion Alta Langa) were planted here. More recently, in 2004, Nascetta was also planted; this white variety is indigenous to the southwestern part of the Barolo area, and is showing a distinct personality in Ciglié.
The estate is still run by the Germano family: Sergio and his wife Elena attend to cultivation, winemaking and sale of their whole production.