Piemonte Bonarda

We produce a small amount of this wine, not even four thousand bottles, with the grapes we pick in the vineyards of Cascina Valmenera, which we call “our stairway to heaven”: the rows are laid out in an amphitheatre that seems to climb up into the sky. They enjoy southerly exposure and were planted by us. A light, lively and carefree wine, to be drunk young and served nice and cool in summer.

Municipal district: Vezza d’Alba

Grape variety: 100% Bonarda

Exposure: south

Altitude (above sea level) 250 metres

Soil: sandy marl

Vine training system: Espalier-Guyot

Age of vineyard: 20 years

Harvest: the grapes are harvested by hand into 20-kg crates. Mid-September

Vinification: quick fermentation

Ageing: in steel for six months

Sensorial overview: bright red; fresh fruit bouquet with notes of raspberry and redcurrants, cherry and sour cherry; fresh, pleasantly lively and just very slightly sparking.

Serving temperature: 12-14 °C (cooler in summer)

Pairing: cured meats and fresh cheeses, light sauces, vegetables, bagna cauda, bourguignon

Our recommendation: Piedmontese boiled meats with sauces

When to drink it: lunch or “merenda sinoira” (the Italian equivalent of afternoon tea – without the tea) in the garden in summer