of our grape varieties are planted in places where they can grow and express the
best of their traits. Barbera has found its perfect habitat here in the hills
of the Monferrato region. The first historical evidence of its presence in this
region dates back to 1514.
Barbera is an exuberant and versatile grape.
It can be enjoyed as a young, fresh wine creating the persuasive Vianus rosé
or, it can be produced in the classic champagne method creating our Metodo Classico
Novegiugno. For our traditional Barbera production, we offer the Barbera D'Asti
Camp Riond and Nizza wines that feature the full bodied and complex reds aged
for longer periods in wooden barrels or steel tanks.
Contrary to popular
belief, Chardonnay came to the Monferrato hills long ago. Historical records show
that as early as the 1800s , the Marquis of Asinary imported cuttings of the famous
French vines from Montrachet to our neighboring village of Costigliole d'Asti
. It was soon discovered that this variety was well suited to thrive in our calcareous
soil. The Bourg is our tribute to this famous pioneer and to our passion for the
white wines of Burgundy.
The idea of producing a white wine native to the
Piedmont has always fascinated us. The Vianus is a white wine that we produce
in honor of the Piedmontese grape Arneis . Time has shown us that planting Arneis
vines in Agliano Terme is a risky but worthwhile endeavor. Cabernet Sauvignon,
on the other hand, we plant for character and style. It is the perfect companion
to Barbera, because it is spicy, rich in tannins and low in acidity. It is very
different, but complimentary, to the Barbera grape. The combination of these 2
wines produces a wonderful marriage, thus was born the Forestiero.