Barolo Chinato is perhaps Piemonte’s most famous digestif. Traditionally made with Barolo, it takes its name from the bark of quinine (or “China”) tree, which is the main botanical here. Vergano prefers to use a younger nebbiolo from Barbaresco, where the tannins not as firm and the perfume a little more lifted. The quinine bark gives the wine tea-like tannins, while herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, coriander, bay, ginseng, and rhubarb (and more..) provide warmth and real interest.

Chinati Vergano Chinato

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