• Wine... wine... wine!

    When in Piedmont: drink and buy your wines at the local vineyard

     

    Uitzicht bij Poggio

    View from vineyard Poggio in Castel Boglione

    This region is known for its delicious food and delicious wines. Red wines such as Barolo and Barbera are famous, and as a white wine drinker you will also get your money's worth. For example, try the Gavi or the Roero Arneis. Whatever you like, do yourself a favor and buy your wine from the winegrower himself. You will find them around the corner. Winegrowers talk passionately about their work, you have no idea what goes into your glass of wine! Fortunately, most speak a fair amount of English. If you would rather orientate yourself first at an enoteca or cooperative, that is fortunately also possible. Here are our favorites for a day of 'wine':

     

    Azienda Agricola Poggio, Strada Gallasia 29, Castel Boglione

    Not only are the wines here breathtaking, but so is the location (this background photo was taken here). So take some time to look around, up here in the hills of the Monferrato. The current owner of this family business, Matteo Poggio, speaks good English. If you book a wine tasting here, he will show you around and you will get to taste some of his wines. We are fans of Moscato d'Asti, a white wine that most of us know in sweet form, but Poggio makes a delicious dry version. Of course, there are also very nice wines for red wine fans. For opening hours and reservations, please contact Matteo at +39 348 338 9318.

     

    Cordara Vini, Via Gianola 23, Castel Boglione

    In the same village of Castel Boglione, winegrower Claudia runs her family business. Claudia is now the fourth generation in Cordara Vini, an enthusiastic and driven winemaker. Her son and daughter-in-law also work in the company. Claudia has a cozy Enoteca, where, in addition to all the wines, you can also find other gifts, such as soaps, fabrics, bags, etc. Her vineyards overlook the mountain peaks of the French Alps, a beautiful view, especially when they are snow-covered. Her wines have a great price-quality ratio. We are absolute fans of the red Namaste and the white Cortese. Call or app for opening hours via +39 3495523494.

     

    Cantina Araldica, Viale Pietro Laudano 2, Castel Boglione

    If you would prefer to first get a more general impression of the types of wine that can be found in this region, then a visit to Cantina Araldica is always useful. It is on the route to the two farmers above, so you will pass by. Araldica is a cooperative that exports wines far beyond Italy (Araldica wines are even on the shelves at Sainsbury's in London), and you often come across the 'Araldica' signs in vineyards when you drive through the region. Araldica also has a cantina where you can find good wine for a small price. There are also guided tours and wine tastings. Contact Araldica on +39 01417631.

     

    Enoteca Regionale, Piazza Abramo Levi, Acqui Terme

    If you are in Acqui Terme, don't forget to stop by the enoteca. This one is hidden in the corner of Piazza Abramo Levi, it is well worth the search. Not only for the wide range of wines and other tasty drinks, but also because of the special place. It is located in an old palazzo from the sixteenth century. Also try the Brachetto d'Acqui, a local, sparkling red wine made from the Brachetto grape. The sweet wine goes well with deserts and chocolate, but also with meat dishes and cheese.