Cecilia Monte is a remarkable winemaker for many reasons. Not only is she one of the fastest-rising stars in Barbaresco, representing the best that boutique wine in the region can be. She enjoys a naturally envious position in the south of the Barbaresco district at 300 metres elevation and has at her disposal the entirety of the Serracapelli ‘cru’ which she has made into a byword for the spicy, pungent and dynamically complex potential of the best terroir in the region. Cecilia is also uncompromising when it comes to releasing her wines. They hit the market a full two years after everyone else, when she feels that they are ready to be put on display to the world. In a Piemontese landscape dominated by men from old families and increasingly money from big name brands and international investors she is both an original and a bastion of classicism.