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Roagna Barolo Pira 2015



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  • From vines between 25 and 50 years of age
  • Dense, savoury, complex - bears all the Barolo hallmarks
  • 2015 was an excellent vintage in Barolo

Pira is a historic vineyard located in the village of Castiglione Falletto and originally owned by the noble family who had a private road that connected the vineyard and the castle hundreds of years ago.

Our vineyard sits on the side of Serralunga d’Alba and Perno and is Southeast facing. Pira contains specific characteristics due to the slow disintegration of the rocks of Castiglione. Our family purchased this vineyard in 1989.

We have 4.88.30 Hectares (12.06 Acres) planted to vines which is the largest single parcel we own. The land is protected at the top by the Rocche of Castiglione and downstream from the forest with a stream flowing from Bussia of Monforte d’Alba. The habitat is ideal for our concept of respecting the land and the life of the soil.

There are 6 unique micro parcels depending on the composition of the terrain which ranges from limestone marl Roca to blue stone.

The vines for this wine are between 25 and 50 years of age. The roots are sourced by used the massage wood system by using only clippings that we have pruned from the Pira vineyard.

The harvest takes place normally during the middle of October by hand into small containers usually in the morning once the fruit has reached perfect physiological ripeness. Before being made into wine we manually select each berry in order to have perfect fruit.

Fermentation takes place exclusively in large wood casks thanks to a pied de cuve created from our indigenous yeasts. This lasts for ten days and then we use the ancient technique of maceration by splinting the submerged cap process which lasts for at least two months, (60 – 75 days). The wine is then aged in a neutral oak barrel for approximately 5 years.

The production of bottles is limited to less than fifteen thousand bottles per vintage.


Gary Walsh

‘Fine perfume of dried flowers, maybe even chamomile, cherries dusted in cocoa, mint, tobacco and sweet spices. Almost juicy red fruits, blood orange and cinnamon, cool acidity, fine chalk dust tannin, pulls a bit more savoury and earthy on a long and fresh finish sprinkled with amaro herbs and almond. A charmer. 2024-2032’ – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Kerin O'Keefe

‘Leather, forest floor, rose and camphor aromas take shape on this fragrant red along with a whisper of tobacco. Polished, linear and savory, the elegantly structured palate features juicy cranberry, orange zest, licorice and a hint of baking spice. Taut, refined tannins provide support while fresh acidity keeps it nicely balanced. Drink 2022–2030’ – 96 points Kerin O’Keefe,  The Wine Enthusiast


Antonio Galloni

‘The 2015 Barolo Pira is lifted and gracious in feel. In this vintage, the Pira is notably perfumed and restrained. Rose petal, mint, crushed flowers, dried cherry, star anise and cinnamon are some of the many notes that grace this delicate, lilting Barolo from Luca Roagna. The tannins are persistent and fine, lending a slightly nervous feel. Drink 2023-2035’ – Antonio Galloni, Vinous