North east of Barolo is Barbaresco DOCG, also making wines from Nebbiolo grapes that are grown in different soils and topography with different ageing requirements. Barbaresco wines must be aged a minimum of two years before release, with a minimum of one year in wood. To be called a Barbaresco Riserva, the wine must be aged for two years more.
It is thought that these two wine styles each offer a unique expression of the Nebbiolo grape. There is a local saying that refers to Barolo as the “Wine of Kings” for its power and structure, while Barbaresco is known as the “Wine of Queens” for its refined elegance.