The first Colla with a winemaking reputation worked in the Langhe hills in 1703. His name was Carlo, and his family tree flourished, uninterrupted, to this day: over three centuries in the heart of great wine. Our own times have witnessed the legendary career of Beppe Colla (born in 1930), the definitive authority on the Langhe appellations. Beppe was one of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s, and is said to know every vine in every vineyard around Alba! Beppe’s daughter, Federica, chose to follow in her father’s footsteps after university graduation, specializing in Wine & Liquor Management with the O.I.V. in Paris. His “baby brother” (19 years younger), Ernesto (“Tino”) Colla, also built up a reputation in his own right. After completing the prestigious Alba school of oenology (Scuola Enologica di Alba), he débuted in Burgundy, previous to returning to a brilliant career in native Piedmont. In 1993, Federica and Tino joined forces and founded PODERI COLLA (literally, the “Colla farms”). This is made up of three distinct properties: • Cascine Drago in Alba, heart of the Langhe appellation; • Tenuta Roncaglia, which takes its name from the historic Barbaresco cru of Roncaglie; and • Tenuta Dardi Le Rose, forming part of the renowned Barolo Bussia cru in Monforte. Together, Cascine Drago, Tenuta Roncaglia and Tenuta Dardi Le Rose constitute a 360-degree spectrum of Alba’s star reds worthy of the Colla heritage. Total production is around 150,000 bottles yearly, all estate-grown and bottled. Surface under vine is now 66.7 acres in all (27 hectares), and the team comprises Tino’s son Pietro (born in 1980), who decided to follow the family tradition and attended the historic Scuola Enologica in Alba, subsequently graduating in Oenology at the University of Turin.
66.7 acres (27 hectares)
Federica & Tino Colla