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Do you know the difference between Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello?

Often confused, these three world famous wines are produced in Italy.

Barolo and Barbaresco come from the same family of grapes, and in neighboring villages. Both are Italy DOCGs, produced using 100% Nebbiolo grapes, from designated areas of Piedmont, Italy. Barolo is produced in 11 communes. The 5 most popular are Barolo, Serralunga d'Alba, Monforte d'Alba, La Morra and Castiglione Falleto. Barbaresco is made from Nebbiolo grown on hillsides surrounding communes of Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso and a hilly area surrounding the hamlet of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio in Alba.

Brunello, on the other hand, is produced from 100% Sangiovese grown in the designated hills around the Tuscan village of Montalcino.

This article by Vinepair gives a high level overview and a very useful description of the two wines. One thing they all have in common is their ability to age well:

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