Comprising three separate properties, Poderi Colla is one of the newer estates in Alba. The Colla family, in comparison, has a long and rich history as winemakers in the Langhe: the first Colla with a winemaking reputation dates back to 1703.
Modern times have witnessed the legendary career of Beppe Colla (1930- 2019), the definitive authority on the Langhe appellations and one of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. In 1956, Beppe purchased Prunotto Winery and made it one of Barolo’s great wineries, keeping it in his family for over three decades. Beppe was ahead of his time when it came to highlighting the importance of single vineyards. In 1961, he was the first to vinify separately and bottle single vineyard selections. With this history, foresight, and success, one might refer to the Colla family as Piemontese royalty.
In 1994, Tino Colla and his niece Frederica used their intimate understanding of vineyards throughout the region to buy three specific estates. The prime holdings are in Barolo (Bussia) and Barbaresco (Roncaglia), in addition to vineyards at Cascine Drago in Alba, where their operations are located. With these prime locations, Poderi Colla offers a full spectrum of Piedmont’s prized red wines. Tino’s son Pietro has also joined the company after completing his oenological studies and now has taken on many of the winemaking duties.
The Collas avoid chemicals in the vineyards and use organic treatments and fertilizers only as needed. In the cellars, they employ a very traditional approach of long macerations, aging in large Slavonian casks, and no filtration.