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Oudart Louis

The famous French viticultural scientist Louis Oudart is considered the birth father of the world-famous Italian DOCG red wines Barbaresco and Barolo. Around 1850, Giulietta Falletti, the Marquesa of Barolo (*1785), called him to the municipality of Barolo in the Italian region of Piedmont to advise her on her vineyard. Oudart was very taken with the Nebbiolo variety cultivated here and recognised its great potential. He experimented with dry vinification, which was not practised at the time. The locals hardly succeeded, the wine usually turned out relatively sweet and unstable and had only a short life. Due to the late ripening of the Nebbiolo, fermentation took place in the cold months of November and December and the yeasts of the time were not suitable for a complete to ferment fully under these conditions. Another important reason was the lack of hygiene in the winemaking process.

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