The problems that wine tourists have planning visits to wineries in Piemonte are:
1. There are more or less a 1,000 producers of Barolo and Barbaresco; not to mention the other areas and grape varieties
2. Little English is spoken although the younger generation are beginning to learn
If you are considering visiting the region, you should consider using experienced tour guides as English is not generally spoken. Alternatively drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly provide you with some personalised advice.
Here are some of my favourite producers who in my opinion get the price/quality equation right or are so good the price can be forgiven. Not always the best (although arguable) but value over reputation rather than the other way round.
Cascina Roccalini –blog
Cascina Saria –blog
Crova Massimo – blog
La Spinona – blog
Fenocchio Renato – blog