The Wines of Vietti


The Vietti family trace their winemaking roots back to the mid 1800s in the Piedmont region of Italy. The modern era for Vietti began with Mario Vietti producing the first Vietti labeled wines, transforming the family’s farm into a grape growing and wine-producing business. In 1952 Alfredo Currado, married Mario’s daughter, Luciana, and became a major influence in the Piedmont by seeking to vinify individual site separately, to accent the terroir
of Barolo’s best slopes. In 1970 Alfredo & Luciana Currado introduced local art on their family’s wine labels.

Luca Currado joined the family business in 1990. Wine is in my blood,” he said, and he could not have imagined anything other than following his father Alfredo as the 5th generation at the Vietti winery in the Piedmont region of Italy. After oenological school, Luca left Italy to intern at several properties in France and the U.S., returning home, as he put it, “when my father stopped sending money.”

Join us as we talk with this engaging winemaker and vineyardist about the intricacies of Italian wines in general, and the Borolos, Bararescos, and Barberas of the Piedmont region. You just might find you too have an affinity for Italian wines.

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6 Responses to “The Wines of Vietti”

  1. 1 jseeds Feb 19th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Wow – GREAT show – one of your best imho! Luca has a gift for communicating (and no need to be self-conscious w/ English?!) with awesome stories and insights to share. And plenty of passion to back it all up.

    I have not tried any of the Vietti wines, but will certainly make it a priority (especially the Barberas). Thanks for sharing and kudos!

  2. 2 bill curtis Feb 24th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    A quality northern Italian company that is easy for me find at my wine shop. We can find their Tre Vinge and Barolos here and like them very much.

  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Feb 26th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I was not aware that the retailers out in Hawaii and such depth of choices.


  4. 4 Jim Cramer Mar 1st, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I am a very big fan of Italian wine especially Barbaresco and Barolo. And I really enjoy hearing Italian and Italians speaking English. This show was terrific – one of the most enjoyable ever for me. Luca was such a pleasure to listen to; his enthusiasm is fantastic. I listened to this while working out and found myself laughing out loud several times – can I say this on the radio? And his thoughts about growing and making wine were great to hear. There is a definite pattern in the message from the best wine makers – similar themes with Michel Chapoutier and Ted Lemon, yes?

    Thanks for doing so many shows outside of California recently. All the content seems to be enriched by a worldwide exposure.

  5. 5 Canadian Chris Mar 8th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Great show. Just started listening to graperadio, you guys get so in depth it’s awesome. This was a nice interview, however he said something that was interesting – Barbera D’alba = finesse and elegance, barbera d’asti = big, powerful? Every book I have suggests the exact opposite, however I’ve only have a barbera d’alba, and it wasn’t a fruit bomb, but I wouldn’t peg it as elegant and subtle either…

  6. 6 paul Mar 16th, 2008 at 8:23 am

    i agree with previous posters on what a joy this show was. luca’s enthusiasm and love for his “work” was such so invigorating to hear.

    too bad no one asked about his 2001 villero riserva which should be hitting the marketplace shortly. it should be a highlight wine from what i have read…

    also, this show made me understand something about winemakers and restaurant lists. i never really understood why highly allocated wines end up on restaurant lists, and true enthusiasts can get shut out. luca made me understand how that winemakers dream about having their wines at the best restaurants and enjoyed with some of the greatest food. i thought it would be enough if i just drank it at home with my slow roasted pork…

    it reminded me that a couple of years ago, i was dining at a very fine restaurant in the vineyards between barolo and castigleone falleto. a really terrific, high end place. mauro veglio and elio altare and their families were dining there as well. i ended ordering a veglio barolo to go with my meal, and mauro was so happy to see his wine being consumed in this restaurant. the following day, i tasted through his current barolos at his winery and he ended up giving me an older vintage in appreciation of having ordered his wine at the restaurant the previous day! i was totally floored by his generosity.

    this interview just reminded me how humble and wonderful the farmers of piedmont truly are….

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