Langhe Hills Nebbiolo: The best value reds in the world?

Langhe Hills Nebbiolo

The best value reds in the world?

Langhe Nebbiolo offers some of the most elegant drinking pleasure of any style of red wine. To our mind, they are also some of the greatest value reds on the planet. On tasting GD Vajra’s Langhe Nebbiolo, Antonio Galloni of Vinous commented: ‘One of the early lessons I was taught was simple but powerful … Buy the least expensive wine from the best producers.’

Today we offer five excellent examples of Nebbiolo – arguably Italy’s greatest grape – from its northern home, Piedmont. Crucially, Langhe Nebbiolo is often made from the same highly regarded parcels as the estates’ Barolos and Barbarescos!

Langhe Hills Nebbiolo: The best value reds in the world?

The lightest and most ethereal is the Marengo Langhe Nebbiolo from the brilliant 2021 vintage. For clarity and distilled elegance, the GD Vajra 2022 is an absolute favourite – it’s simply delicious. And from one of Piedmont’s rising stars, Giulia Negri’s Pian delle Mole Langhe Nebbiolo 2021 is lithe, dry, and sophisticated – like a fine Burgundy, it's a wine that requires a few more years to settle.

The last two offer darker fruit and a touch more power. Produttori del Barbaresco’s 2022 Langhe Nebbiolo is made from declassified Barbaresco vineyards and is ‘one of the greatest and most profound value reds on the international wine market’, notes Greg Sherwood MW. The final wine in the set is the slightly more powerful, deeper-fruited ‘Baby Barbaresco’ (James Suckling) from Pio Cesare. Their 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo is ideal for heartier occasions, with a bit more age adding autumnal complexity.

‘Growing numbers of savvy collectors recognise the value, diversity and investment potential to be found in the land of Barolo and Barbaresco,’ writes Decanter. Langhe Nebbiolo is the perfect place to start!

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