Experience wine in the winery!
Discover the great wines of the Roero region, a land still fairly unknown to mass tourism, with many aspects still unexplored, including its culinary delights.
In a charming location, built with traditional materials combined with modern sustainable building techniques, you may discover the soul of this extraordinary region through one of its most typical products: wine.
Tour of the winery
The tour of our winery is organized in 4 stages:
Stage # 1
the fermentation area
Here you will discover one of the most delicate phases of wine processing, when the must, obtained from freshly harvested grapes, begins to turn into wine.
We have two types of tanks: the “high tech”, controlled-temperature steel tanks, and those made of concrete, legacy of an era when wine was made using other methods.
These are the tanks favoured by Aldo, our winemaker and Paolo’s brother, because in these tanks the wine is more “in contact” with seasonal changes and the outside temperature.
Stage # 2
the bottling and labelling area
This is perhaps the most visibly technological part of the winery: you will see how the “vacuum” is made inside the bottle in order to preserve the integrity of the wine.
Finally you will learn about the winery logistics organization: how the product is stored, how it must be labelled according to the destination markets …
Stage # 3
the aging area
This is perhaps the most “romantic” part of the winery, where wines that are suitable for ageing are left to rest in oak barrels.
In this area, the Roero is left to age in oak barrels of different ages, from which the wine absorbs a fair quantity of tannins; this is necessary to support the wine through a long aging period, a support that cannot be obtained from the sandy soils of the Roero region.
Stage # 4
After trudging throughout the winery, here comes the most awaited moment: wine tasting.
For groups of more than twenty people the tasting takes place in the large room upstairs overlooking the winery, otherwise in the smaller room downstairs, on the big oak table.
Together, we will learn about the various wines proposed for tasting and their characteristics, highlighting the differences that reflect the different soils from which they are derived
All tastings are accompanies by appetizers of local products: cold cuts, cheeses, jellies; for sweet wines, such as Moscato, we offer pastries and, of course, the typical hazelnuts.
We offer two types of tasting during which our guests may taste three or five different wines (if you’re not sure about which wines to choose, we will help you in the selection).
WINES PROPOSED FOR TASTING
- Roero Riserva DOCG
- Roero Arneis DOCG
- For You – Roero Arneis DOCG Spumante Extra Brut
- Barolo DOCG
- Barbaresco DOCG
- Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
- Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC
- Langhe Dolcetto DOC
- Moscato d’Asti DOCG
- Birbet – Aromatic Sweet Spumante
- Spumante wine Brut
Tasting of 3 wines – 5 €
Tasting of 5 wines – 12 €
We are fortunate to live in an area with an extraordinary terroir, a very wide variety of soils, the composition of which changes from one hill to the other and, even, from one side to the other.
Wine is a product of the earth and should embody the characteristics of the soil. It is our opinion, and especially that of Aldo who works in the winery, that standardizing the taste of wine makes no sense, as we only risk losing the uniqueness of our grape varieties, thereby diminishing the value of our products.
For this reason, our approach to winemaking is quite traditional: we want the flavours of the soil and the characteristics of the grapes that are grown there to stand out in our wines.
Nebbiolo is the most important grape in Piedmont for its unique characteristics and because it is used to produce some of the finest Italian wines: Barolo, Barbaresco and, lately, the Roero.
They are all tannic wines, that are suitable for aging, and are an excellent match with rich dishes; however, they are not always “difficult” to drink as it is commonly believed.
It is the quintessence of our winery, the most important DOCG wine, produced with our oldest vines and among the most popular wines for tasting. Our Roero Riserva comes from a very sandy soil where the vines were planted back in ’46. This wine ages in strictly used barrels, in which it develops its unique roundness, without however altering its taste and fragrance.
Our Barolo is produced in La Morra where it ages for at least four years, two in large barrels and two in the bottle. It is characterized by tertiary, herbaceous and spicy aromas, reminiscent of licorice, pepper, cocoa, tobacco, a bouquet that gets richer as the wine ages. A wine of great structure to be served with game, braised and long-cooked spicy meats, or well-seasoned blue cheeses.
Softer, rounder and more velvety than Barolo, Barbaresco can be compared to Roero with which it shares the honour of being one of the most award-winning wines of our winery. It is appreciated for its immediacy: after three years of aging, first in large barrels and then in the bottle, it is ready for drinking and can be appreciated when still young, with no need for further aging.
A very distinctive wine with pronounced tannins, which have earned it the reputation of a “connoisseur’s” wine. It is aged in large barrels for one year but, depending on its evolution, part of it may be transferred to barriques to smooth its sharpest notes. Like Barolo, with aging the bouquet intensifies in a crescendo of tertiary aromas.
The other red wines
Birbet – Aromatic Sweet Spumante
Produced with Brachetto grapes, Birbet is a true “rascal” (in Piedmontese dialect, birbet means rascal t.n.): a wine that tickles the palate, allures with its sweetness and surprises for its freshness. Ideally served with sweet dishes, it also pairs well with dark chocolate. Not only, it may be the sole basis for unusual cocktails.
Barbera d’Alba Superiore DOC
Easy to match, it’s a table wine par excellence from southern Piedmont. It has a distinctive fruity aroma, a nice color, woody scents and strong acidity, which some may dislike. In accordance with traditional methods, it is aged in large Slavonian barrels between 6 months and one year for the Superior version.
Langhe Dolcetto DOC
An everyday wine, easier to drink and match, that appeals to those who don’t like the acidity of Barbera. It is the other famous popular wine of Piedmont, which normally is most appreciated in the Dogliani area.
Roero Arneis DOCG
Conceived and produced for the summer, to quench your thirst in the hot days of August. A floral wine with low alcohol content, very sharp in the mouth, delicate, harmonious and with a good underlying acidity that adds a note of freshness.
For You – Roero Arneis DOCG Spumante Extra Brut
A wine that springs from the desire to do something different. It is a classic vintage pas dosé method, only produced in the best years, with long fermentation (up to 3 years); it has a very fine bead and dry aroma and the typical almond finish of the Arneis.
Moscato d’Asti DOCG
The most famous sparkling wine of Piedmont, with brightly floral aromas, very pleasant and delicate. Entirely vinified in controlled-temperature stainless steel tanks, our Moscato is sweet but not cloying, with a nice acid note that makes it fresh and quaffable.
A green winery
For farmers, the protection of the environment is very important.
Not only because nature gives us sustenance, but because a healthy earth is also unequivocally reflected in the quality of our end products.
When renovating our winery, the choice to go “green” seemed like the only practicable one and today we can say that our facilities are entirely sustainable.
Electricity comes from solar panels, heating from the biomass power plant and the heat pumps, which help us maintain a constant temperature as the wine ages.
The materials used for construction, such as wood and brick, and some advanced insulation techniques, help us contain the dispersion of heat. These measures have earned us the A + certification, the highest energy certification for buildings.
Finally, a small phyto-purification pond filters the waste water from the winery, through three stages of natural filtration.
Of course, our vision extends further and is also reflected in the way we take care of our vineyards: “green” techniques such as grassing of the vineyards, and few aggressive treatments (only when strictly necessary), enable us to make a sustainable product.
I met Paolo in the summer of 2006 when, together with some friends from Bologna, we were invited to a barbecue in the vineyards, under the shade of a magnificent cherry tree. The following year, Paul and I got married and I moved to Vezza.
I have a degree in economics and, after some years working in the marketing division of Adecco, I jumped at the opportunity to join the family business. I am mainly involved in communication, marketing and administrative activities, shipments abroad and winery tours.
Driven by my passion for wine I attended the three levels of the sommelier course, but I see this as a passion rather than a profession. The type of tasting I propose is not technical: I will not tell you what you should taste in wine, but I will try to guide you through the typical characteristics of wine.
My tasks in the company involve dealing with Italian and foreign customers and with suppliers, taking care of participation in trade fairs and, of course, of winery tours.
I attended the course for sommeliers and in the winery I have had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience. I like to conduct the tastings of our wines, which I also personally offer abroad, especially in America; there, presenting the company involves taking the long way: Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Roero, … and Demarie.
I have a diploma in accounting and, before entering the family business, I have worked as telephone salesman for a major winery in the area that is engaged in the mail-order business and as accountant in a construction company . Both of these experiences have been formative and useful for my current job.
I am in charge of the agronomic activities of the company, from taking care of the vineyards to wine-making.
My father taught me everything I know: I learned with him, by trying, failing and trying again. I like to think of wine as if it were my child, someone who needs to be taken care of and pampered.
This is a product that you drink every day so it is very important to respect its genuineness. For this reason I try to keep aggressive treatments to a minimum, preferring green techniques such as grassing of the vineyards.
Our production per hectare is below the limits imposed by regulations and I believe it is important not to increase it in order to preserve the characteristics of the wine.
I also like to experiment and I try to create new products such as the passito wine, the ice-wine, the sparkling Nebbiolo rosé and the Arneis classic method.
Things to see nearby
Ecomuseo delle Rocche
For lovers of nature and outdoor sports this museum offers numerous hiking trails or bike trails, which are ideal for discovering the distinctive traits of the Roero region: dizzying cliffs, steep slopes and narrow gorges.
Castle of Magliano Alfieri
Summer home of the Alfieri family, the castle still features the original frescoes and plasters. Inside there are two modern museums where you will discover the hilly landscape of the region and the traditional plasterwork.
Shrine of Madonna dei Boschi
Located on top of the hill, the shrine was originally a country chapel (fourteenth century). Over the years it went through several changes, but it still features a valuable Gothic fresco from around 1400 placed on the ceiling of the nave: the Annunciation.
“L Torion” (the tower) and the big bench
Through an easy trail and a short walk, you can reach one of the most picturesque sights of Vezza d’Alba, where beside an old watchtower, you will find one of the Big Bench of American designer Chris Bangle.
Museo Naturalistico del Roero (Natural History Museum of the Roero Region)
After admiring the landscape from above, the small Natural History Museum of the Roero Region will give you the opportunity to learn about the geology of the soil, the plants that cover it, the animals and insects that live there.
Truffle Ground – a learning experience
It is a small forest dedicated to the production of truffles; the environment, which is favourable for truffle growth,offers an opportunity to learn and discover all the secrets of this fungus, including tours with expert guides.
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from our Trip Advisor profile
What can I say, after spending one day on the bike, with our “Bikersinmoto” group, we stopped by at Paolo and Monica’s Hospitality, competence, professionalism and friendliness, everything packed in a long and refined wine tasting! Excellent wines of rare quality !! ! Passion, hard work and self-sacrifice !!! Well done, we had a great time and we will come back .
Tour and tasting highly recommended !!!
[…] After being introduced to the winery and its history, we visited the various rooms, where Monica explained the various production processes in a very professional and friendly manner, including bottling, labelling and sparkling wine production methods.
The 5 wine tasting has been nothing short of delicious, accompanied by breadsticks, cold meats and cheeses; we were impressed by their products, […]. Thanks again for the beautiful morning and see you soon!