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At the foot of the panoramic Collina di Moncucco, celebrated by the writer Cesare Pavese in his poem "I Mari del Sud" we find the Azienda Agricola Cascina Fontanette farmstead run by the Ariano family.
Roughly 25,000 bottles are produced every year from its 5 hectares of vineyards. The wines it produces are numerous and representative of this territory, which includes the outermost part of the Langhe and the initial Monferrato hills.
Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Monferrato Rosso DOC, Barbera d'Alba DOC and Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC are just some of the labels.
There's also a selection of aromatized wines including a red chinato wine, made with nebbiolo grapes, that goes extremely well with cheeses and chocolates.
The Winery dates back to 1920. Grandfather Franco and their father were already selling grapes, yet had a limited production of bottles.
The company took a major leap and began expanding in the 80s, applying a more modern vision of the business.
Considerable growth, considering Franco's initial wines were exclusively Moscato and Barbera d'Asti.
The Winery, easily reachable, is located at the town gates and has ample parking.
Once the guests are welcomed and the company is introduced, the visit to the adjacent Moscato, Dolcetto and Barbera vineyards begins.
The company's priority is respect for both its vineyards and nature; it therefore prefers to use natural fertilizers, to use a limited amount of pesticides and to keep the vine rows clean using mulch-laying machines and brush-cutters.
The visit then moves on to the processing and refining areas located on two separate floors. The wine-making stages are illustrated, among the fridge cells and wine presses, from the arrival of the grapes right up to the bottling.
The tasting session takes place in a dedicated room where the wines are paired with typical local products.
In the company, in addition to the wines, you can purchase IGP certified Piedmont hazelnuts and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, from Taggiasche olives, made by the old Frantoio Saguato olive oil mill in Diano Marina.
Villa Sofia Apartmets in Montaldo Scarampi are only 15 km far from the Wine Cellar.
The property is located in a residential area and consists of two apartments with a swimming pool and all comforts for stay in the area.
Villa Sofia is 15 km outside the village of Montaldo Scarampi. The property is located in a residential area and consists of two apartments with a swimming pool and all amenities for living in the area.
For more information on tasting wines and selling prices in the Winery, please see the box at the bottom right.
Business Hours: From 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closing Day: -
Vineyards: 5 ha
Wines: Piemonte DOC Cortese, Vino Bianco Bertus, Vino Spumante Brut, Vino Rosato, Dolcetto d'Alba DOC, Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Barbera d'Alba DOC, Piemonte DOC Barbera, Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC, Monferrato Rosso DOC, Moscato d'Asti DOCG. Mosto parzialmente fermentato Ebrezza di Dama, Mosto parzialmente fermentato rosso La Verotta, Vino Bianco Vendemmia Tardiva, Aromino Rosso Chinato
Vineyards location: Santo Stefano Belbo, Calosso, Costigliole d'Asti