When speaking of Monferrato wines, Barbera is among the first ones that come to mind: actually, it is one of the best-known and most prized types of red wine from this area.
But Monferrato is not only Barbera nor only red wines: here are four famous and lesser-known wines that best describe the identity of the Monferrato hills.
4 Unmissable Monferrato Wines
Three red wines and a white one: perhaps this choice may surprise those who are used to associating Monferrato exclusively with a good glass of red.
But that is precisely why we want to tell you: Monferrato knows how to surprise.
1. Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore
Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore is a strongly representative wine from Monferrato.
It is a full-bodied, long-lived wine that takes on many nuances depending on the cru and the growing areas.
To grow the most suited grapes to the production of this wine, we chose the Bricco della Pieve vineyard, a historic vineyard in Cocconato, clinging to the slopes of a gentle hill on which stands the little church of the Madonna della Neve.
The Barbera grapes that grow in this cru give life to our Stradivario: a wine aged in barriques and bottled without filtration.
Stradivario is a full-bodied and decidedly long-lived wine, with an intense ruby red color and hints of black cherry, raspberry, candied apple, white pepper, plum, and blond tobacco.
2. Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
Another wine to be noticed in Monferrato is Ruchè, known as “Vino del Parroco” (wine of the priest).
It owes its popularity to Don Cauda, who opened the doors to modern Ruchè: a wine with great aromas, gentle tannins, moderate acidity, and good alcohol content.
Our Ruchè is not aged in wood. In this way, we can preserve its most authentic characteristics: scents of rose and violet, spicy notes of white pepper on the nose, softness, warmth, and persistence.
3. Piemonte DOC Albarossa
Albarossa is a lesser-known red wine, which nevertheless deserves attention.
It is made from the indigenous variety of grape of the same name: the result of a cross from Nebbiolo di Dronero (Chatus) to Barbera, created in 1938.
Rosingana is in the name of our Piemonte DOC Albarossa: a wine with a dark red colour and intense aromas of red fruits. It arrives in the mouth in a powerful and enveloping way, with the typical Barbera’s tannicity and Nebbiolo’s intensity.
4. Piemonte DOC Chardonnay
It is now time to introduce the white wine “Piemonte DOC Chardonnay.” It is obtained from a grape variety that finds an ideal habitat in the Monferrato region, giving wines of outstanding balance and character, thanks to a white marl called “Thou Bianc”.
This is also the name of our Chardonnay, rich in ‘muscatés’ aromas, and with scents of orange blossom, acacia, lime, banana and honey, which invite one to taste it with a dry, delicate flavour and great persistence.
Tasting Monferrato wines in a historic winery
For those who, even before getting to know it with their senses, want to ‘feel’ a wine with their emotions, we recommend our tasting itinerary ‘The History of Monferrato‘: a tasting in which, from time to time, we propose some of the wines that have most contributed to writing the oenological history of our territory.
This tasting includes a visit to our barrel cellar and historical cellars, and an itinerary where you can retrace more than 110 years of family winemaking tradition.
It will then be the taste of our wines, each time offered in different combinations but always chosen from among those that have made the history of Monferrato and our winery, that will pleasantly bring passionate visitors back to the present.