Renato Vacca was born and raised in Barbaresco. His family’s history there goes back generations. The estate was originally purchased by Renato's great-grandfather in the 1920’s from the son of Domizio Cavazza, the father of Barbaresco. For most of its history the family estate sold the majority of their grapes to Produttori del Barbaresco, the local cooperative where Renato's father, Adriano was a founding member. In 1987, Renato convinced his father to start producing their own wines. All that personal and generational knowledge made Renato one of the most experienced growers in Barbaresco and he knew its sites and soils intimately. Vineyards at Cantina del Pino are lovingly tended to without the use of harsh chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. In the winery, Renato guided his wines with a soft touch and while a traditionalist in many respects he was not afraid to put his own stamp, such as the inclusion of a small percentage of whole clusters. The wines are powerful and intense yet elegant and supremely refined.Renato’s wife Franca and his father Adriano, who still directs viticulture at the estate, along with his cousin Aldo Vacca at Produttori are now continuing the work that Renato began.
Earthy , Fruity , Spicy
1996 was the first year I visited Barbaresco. I tasted Cantina del Pino and met the winemaker, Renato Vacca.
He was very influential in my development as a specialist in Langhe wines. We walked around Albesani in the town of Neive and dug in the soil of the vineyard where we found clay, limestone, and the famous Sant'Agata marl.
The Barbaresco from this vineyard is complete in body but finished with unmistakable elegance and lingering acidity.
You may end up spending a lot of time just smelling the pinecones, forest floor, tea, mint and basil!