Serradenari, the “peak” of the Barolo, is like a terrace overlooking the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont. The view from here embraces the Alps from Liguria to Cervino, with Mount Monviso sitting majestically in the horizon. Down below is the renowned district of the Langhe, dear to food and wine lovers the world over.
The name of the farmhouse, Serradenari, harks back to centuries ago, when the Black Death forced the peasants of Barolo and La Morra to leave their lands and take refuge on the crest, taking with them all their savings – hence, the name Serradenari, from “Sara D’nè,” which in the local dialect means “sierra of money.”
The Diatto-Negri family has owned Serradenari since the late 19th century : they were entrepreneurs in Turin, where they produced Italy’s first automobile in the late 1800s , and Serradenari was their country estate. But year after year the Diatto-Negri family started exporting the wine it produced almost as a hobby. It was thanks to them that Barolo and other Langhe wines were first introduced into the United States. In 2001 Giovanni Negri ( politician and wine writer www.giovanninegri.eu ) refounded the winery
Serradenari comprises also 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) of woods inhabited by foxes, wild boars, badgers, deer, hares, and owls. These woods are known in the Langhe as the finest of truffle-grounds where the local “trifulau,” or truffle hunters, come with their dogs to comb for this elusively scented tuber. Welcome to Serradenari, then, where you will find open spaces and silence, vineyards and woods, and time past and present.