Telephone: 01992 525009


Silvano Bolmida was born in the hills of the Langhe countryside and, after gaining ten years experience as winemaker in a historical winery in Barolo, he leased a few hectares from his father and his brother-in-law in order to make his own wine. Possessed of the kind of restlessly inquisitive mind that sets the great winemaker apart from the merely good, he devotes himself to an exhaustive – and to ordinary mortals surely an exhausting – micro-management of his vines and of the vinification and maturation of his wines, working closely with students at his own alma-mater, the wine school in Alba, to find for example the ultimate skin contact time, or the most effective herbage to interplant between the rows. Despite constant experimentation and tweaking, and the adaptation where he considers it necessary of evermore complex technology to the winemaking process, he considers himself neither a traditionalist nor a moderniser, and he has never strayed from the ultimate aim of finding the finest possible expression of the unique character that springs from the fine clay and Miocenic sands that are found in the favoured Bussia sub-zone.

Those who have met Bolmida will attest to the fact that his perfectionism goes hand-in-hand with a profound desire to communicate – his loquacity is legendary, and it is likely to be some hours from the beginning of your meeting until he draws breath, during which time you will have been subjected to a mind-challengingly thorough appraisal of his current viticultural and technical enthusiasms and experimentations, accompanied by an ongoing photographic show on his battery of iphones and tablet computers, all in heavily and sometimes impenetrably accented English. However patience rewards with what I believe are some of the finest expressions of the Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes.

The Barbera d’Alba ‘Conca del Grillo’ 2011 has great precision and lovely acidity, and rivals the quality of a fine Barolo, showing the true potential of Barbera when grown on a perfect site and made with the kind of intuitive intelligence that is the preserve of relatively few winemakers. The Barolo Bussia 2009 was fermented on the skins for over 30 days, a process that, rather than exagerrating the often fierce tannins of the Nebbiolo grape, serves to refine them. Aged for one year in small oak barrels, then a further two years in a mixture of small barrels and 3000 litre oak botte before being bottled without filtration and further refined in bottle for 14 months, the wine has soft, velvety tannins and great fragrance, with a rich, rounded flavour and long finish. It is a classic, very complete Barolo, profoundly good to drink now, but with potential to age for many years, a beautiful and pure expression of one of the world’s greatest red grapes.








2011  BARBERA D’ALBA Conca del Grillo, Bussia




Shop Address

The Black Dog Wine Company
The Cart Barn
Ashlyn's Farm Shop
North Weald
CM16 6RZ

Shop Opening Hours

Tuesday - 12.00-5.00
Wednesday - Friday 10.30 - 5.00
Saturday 10.30 - 5.00
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00
Monday - Closed

Contact Details

Telephone 01992 525009