“The ancient city of Asti, noble and rich, full of people and nice buildings, has a good and productive territory for wheat as well as wine. . . “
One of the most endearing – but also confounding – things about European red wine is the concept (some might call it puzzle) of what is commonly known as the “quality pyramid.”
Italian wine classification is like a pyramid. Look at the top: you will see the best wine. You will see Barbera d’Asti.
When you combine the history of Monferrato with the passion and soul and knowhow of the people involved in making the region’s wines, you get something truly unique: Barbera d’Asti.
Not only wine cooperatives produce great value Barberas, they convey significant social and cultural roles
What does it mean Terroir?
Hills rolling everywhere, historical towns and castles growed on rocky hills, smooth slopes covered with vineyards. This is Monferrato, an Unesco World Heritage Site.
…things start to come together for Monferrato in a way that does, empirically, make the area a unique gem of a wine region; not just within Italy, but within all the world.
I bet that most quality Barberas (I said, quality) showcases as many differences as any other noble grape variety.
There’s something surprising about being in Monferrato…