Domenico Clerico, a Giant of Barolo, Dead at 67

A passionate grape grower and Piedmont pioneer, Clerico passed away Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
Domenico Clerico / Photo Courtesy of Domenico Clerico Winery.

Domenico Clerico, considered an “elder statesman” of Barolo, died Sunday evening at his home in Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, following a long fight with cancer.

In the 1970s, Clerico was considered one of the young guns of Barolo. He introduced modern techniques such as longer macerations and aging the wine in 228-liter Burgundian barrels when he took over his father’s vineyards in Piedmont in 1976 and began producing his first wines three years later.

Just as he was passionate about winery techniques, Clerico was mindful of his vineyards. His wines, many of which earned 90 points or more from critics, were expressions of those plots.

“In the last years Domenico was mainly working in the vineyard, because it was the job he loved the most, leaving the management of the cellar to his collaborators,” the winery said in a statement.

Clerico is survived by his wife, Giuliana, who will carry on his work alongside his deputies Gianmatteo Raineri and Oscar Arrivabene.

Published on July 19, 2017
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Leslie Gevirtz
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An award-winning journalist, Gevirtz spent more than 20 years covering disasters—natural, political, and financial—before becoming Reuters’ wine correspondent; a beat that guaranteed her colleagues were always glad to see her.




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