Domenico Clerico, the giant of Barolo, died at home in Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, aged 67.

Clerico started producing wine in 1979, before deciding to leave his job of salesman to work full time in his family’s estate. Clerico advocated the modern Barolo winemaking philosophy of short maceration and ageing in barrels.

‘He was the most generous person, who helped everyone and helped the region so much,’ Chiara Boschis, winemaker of her family’s Barolo estate E. Pira e Figli, told Decanter.com.

‘He put Monforte on the map. And he was the person I could call in the middle of the night if something went wrong in the winery,’ she added.