Visionary Pio Boffa of Pio Cesare has died this weekend.

Very sad news this weekend. Pio Boffa has died. He was such a fantastic owner and ambassador for the Pio Cesare label, the region of Piedmont and the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. His smile, warmth, charm and endless enthusiasm will be sadly missed.

Back in 2015 I interviewed Pio for the Cover story of my on line magazine Wine+.ie. It was brilliant. Among the many great quotes in that piece I have pulled the following as testament to the memory of this great wine maker:

To understand the evolution of a wine you must understand the way it talks to you. It talks in different ways. We have to educate it to speak the language of Barolo; the language of Barbaresco. It’s a personal involvement …. The mission that I have, the mission that I got from my father is always to try to be as close as possible to the kind of wine Pio Cesare has made throughout its history.

Pio Boffa

Pio is survived by his wife Nicoletta and daughter Federica. Earlier this year we chatted with Federica on our podcast at Kevin Ecock’s WinePod. So much of everything that Federica said on that podcast was a direct tribute to her father Pio.

This year Pio Cesare marks its 140 year anniversary as a family winery. Pio will now, very sadly, be missing from a celebration much of whose substance is a history of his immense contribution to the family and to the very best of Barolo and Barbaresco. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boffa family. May Pio rest in Peace.