An extraordinary 2016 vintage for Nebbiolo has actually just boosted customers' focus on the heartlands of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Growing numbers of smart collectors acknowledge the value, diversity and financial investment capacity to be discovered in the land of Barolo and Barbaresco, states a new introductory overview to Piedmont Nebbiolo on the fine wine market.

As several viewers will be aware, the exceptional Nebbiolo 2016 wines comprise the third extremely good-to-great vintage in four years.

' Quality has actually risen gradually for a long time now,' stated Greg St. Clair, Italian wine buyer at US vendor K&L. 'In reality, since that 1995, there's only been one negative vintage - 2002.'

Greater demand
New collectors have been drawn to Piedmont Nebbiolo, which has invited comparisons with the complexity and nuance offered by Pinot Noir in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.

' We're certainly seeing new people entering it, that want to comprehend the best producers and vintages,' claimed New York-based Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of wine at Sotheby’s.

Will Hargrove, head of fine wine at UK merchant Corney & Barrow, claimed in April, ' ‘We increasingly find that Piedmont is something people want to do. The wines are better made than they’ve ever been.’

While prices for a number of distinguished wines have actually increased, many analysts and merchants mention that Piedmont still has a wide range of wallet-friendly alternatives.

Shaun Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of US wine merchant JJ Buckley, informed Decanter in April, ‘As a whole, Italian wines stand out for their high quality and low prices – in fact, probably the best values in the world.’

He claimed that demand for Piedmont wines, and Italian wines generally, was at an all-time high.

Long term view
United States import tolls on many Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, introduced in October 2019, have only made Italy much more attractive to American purchasers.

Nonetheless, UK seller BI Penalty & A glass of wine Spirits claimed solid need for Tuscany and Piedmont pre-dated tariffs.

Looking ahead, it can not be disregarded that the coronavirus dilemma in 2020 has actually shifted  priorities for wineries, merchants and buyers alike, and additionally developed a substantial amount of uncertainty for the international economic situation.

However, Piedmont and Tuscany were ‘proving popular amongst wine lovers who are accustomed to paying far more for their French equivalents’, wrote Miles Davis, head of professional portfolio management at the Wine Owners trading exchange, in his May 2020 market report.

Liv-ex claimed that Italy made up 22% of professions by value on its system in April 2020, a record for any month.

Earlier this year, analyst group Wine Lister reported that its member merchants had tipped Piedmont to become a staple of collectors’ cellars in the coming years.

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