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RABAJA, THE TRADITION AND POWER OF THIS BARBARESCO MGA

If you only knew the name of one single vineyard in Barbaresco, it would most likely be the world famous vineyard site called Rabaja, (RA-BAI-YA) sometimes written as Rabaya. The Piedmontese spelling is a testimony to the patrimony that this vineyard holds. On an old map the current day cellar of Bruno Rocca was called Cascina Rabaglio most likely named after a local family and giving the name Rabajà to the vineyard below.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS MGA

EXPOSURE: South/Southwest

ALTITUDE: 260-315 meters asl

SOILS: Stratified limestone and clay

The Rabajà vineyard is a narrow strip of property located inside one of the most beautiful natural amphitheatres in the area. Although it is bordering Asili on one side, the soils and microclimate bring out a bolder and richer style Barbaresco compared to the neighboring vineyards. But what makes Rabajà special is the harmony and balance.

In fact, if we had to characterize generally speaking the Barbarescos from the town of Barbaresco we could say that they tend to be long living, structured and opulent. This is most likely due to the proximity to the Tanaro river and lower elevations.

FAVORITE PRODUCERS WITH RABAJA

GIUSEPPE CORTESE – The largest land owner in the MGA cru Rabaja. As classic as they can get. Very austere and need lots of time.

CASCINA LUISIN – Historical small family run winery that we featured in our Fall 2023 Shipment with a very classic style. Fermentations in cement tanks and aging in Austrian big oak barrels.

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO RISERVA- As you probably know the Rabaja Barbaresco from Produttori is always the most coveted and collected and one that you have to wait on before drinking.

The historical wineries that make Rabaja are proof of the long history and local knowledge that the best grapes have always come from Rabajà.

If you are interested in tasting some of these Barbarescos from Rabaja, check our shop!