Barolo Producer Roberto Conterno Buys Gattinara Estate Nervi

Erling Astrup, a Norwegian entrepreneur who bought the estate in 2011, retains 10% of Gattinara’s oldest winery.
Nervi / Photo courtesy of Nervi / Facebook

Barolo producer Roberto Conterno of the iconic Giacomo Conterno winery acquired 90% of Nervi, an estate in Gattinara, located in Alto Piemonte.

Erling Astrup, a Norwegian entrepreneur who bought the then-ailing Nervi estate in 2011, broke the news today in an interview with Norway’s business online publication, DN. He told the publication that he and his wife, Kathrine will retain 10% of the company, but declined to comment on how much Conterno paid.

He added Conterno, whose Barolo Riserva Monfortino is considered a must for serious collectors, will be enlisting his son, Gabriele, in the Gattinara venture, while Enrico Fileppo, Nervi’s winemaker since 1983, will stay on.

Founded by Luigi Nervi in 1906, Nervi is the oldest winery in the Gattinara denomination, and has more than 69 acres planted with Nebbiolo, the same grape behind Barolo.

While Barolo demand is at an all-time high, Gattinara, further north in an area known collectively as Alto Piemonte, is also undergoing a winemaking Renaissance.

Conterno’s investment in the area confirms the potential of producing elegant, ageworthy Nebbiolo in Gattinara and Alto Piemonte.

Published on April 25, 2018
Topics: Latest News
About the Author
Kerin O’Keefe
Italian Editor

Reviews wines from Italy

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).

Email: kokeefe@wineenthusiast.net.




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