Ezio Cocito comes from a family of farmers. When he purchased the Baluchin vineyard in Neive in 2000, he turned to Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta for help in crafting a small production Barbaresco from his family Estate. Giorgio and Ezio have been longtime friends; they share a passion for wine and a love of horses. Giorgio, who makes three award-winning single vineyard Barbareschi, was the ideal consultant for Ezio's new project. He extended the use of La Spinetta's winery and cellar for the production of the lovely Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin and, in exchange, Ezio offered to help take care of Giorgio's horses.
Ezio Cocito: “I have two passions in my life: horses and Barbaresco. It’s through these passions that Giorgio and I have become great friends. Before 1993, our family had always planted Moscato in our vineyard in Neive, but after lots of consideration and long talks with Giorgio, we decided to take out the Moscato and try our hand with Nebbiolo. That was in 1994 and in 2000 our first Barbaresco Baluchin was born. I’ve always believed that if you can’t do something right, you shouldn’t do it at all. I wasn’t sure if I could produce the quality of grapes and wine that were to my standard, so I decided to focus all of my efforts on Barbaresco. This is also why we produce our wine only in exceptional vintages."