13:30 → 19:00
Andrea and Gianpiero Scavino belong to a family of winemakers.
In 1996 they inherited from their father Giancarlo the share of the agricultural company I Vignaioli di Santo Stefano: a historic company for the production of Moscato d’Asti DOCG, located on the hills of Santo Stefano Belbo.
In 2019 they bought the entire Bel Sit property, choosing to invest in Barbera d’Asti and in the territory of Castagnole delle Lanze, home of this historic wine.
It is said that it was in this company that the production of Barbera di Castagnole delle Lanze named after the municipality began.
Defined as legendary by Cesare Pavese and generous by Giosuè Carducci, Barbera has gone through moments of alternating fortune.
Today it is presented as a product of excellence, able to obtain the appreciation of critics and connoisseurs and able to share the table with the great reds.
The winery is located halfway up an amphitheater-shaped hill facing south-west, in an excellent position for the production of quality wines.
The perfect exposure allows to obtain complete maturation and consequently particularly complex but still fine and elegant wines.
A story that
begins in 1870
in Castagnole delle Lanze
The Bel Sit company tells the story of a territory and of the Rivella family, owner of the winery for six generations
The current house and company headquarters was built by Pietro Rivella around 1870 to assign part of the property to his son Giovanni.
In the 1960s, even before the Designation of Origin was established, Paolo Rivella, Giovanni's son, began selling his own bottled Barbera.
It was a success destined to reward the work and foresight in wanting to differentiate itself from the competition, more oriented towards the sale of wine in bulk or in demijohn.
Since the spring of 2019, the entire property has been taken over by the current owners, with the promise to keep alive the passion for the production of quality wines, production techniques and the historical brand.
Sharing the inherited company philosophy and maintaining the production line represent a challenge
Joining an established company, choosing not to overturn what has been done, but to reinterpret a product according to a modern and personal taste, represented an act of courage.
This is the company philosophy adopted in the production of Barbera d’Asti: here, more than elsewhere, respect for tradition coincides with the desire for modernity.
In order to understand the characteristics of each portion of the company and to enhance its qualities, the grapes from the individual vineyards are vinified individually.
This choice allows to understand if the assessments made over time are confirmable or if it is necessary to make changes.
The types of Barbera d’Asti DOCG
Barbera d’Asti are produced exclusively with grapes grown in Castagnole delle Lanze.
“La Turna”, a word that indicates the part of the vineyard that goes from top to bottom, is the excellent expression of the Barbera vine capable of favorably impressing those who approach the world of red wines.
It is a simple and affordable product that ages only in steel for six months and refines in the bottle for the same period.
Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore “Cunsej“, or advice, requires aging in medium-capacity oak barrels for about six months and another six months in the bottle, before being put on the market in the second year after the harvest.
Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore “Sichivej“, or old vines, is the gem of Bel Sit, produced exclusively in exceptional vintages. Limited production is expected.
Fermentation in steel is carried out first, followed by refinement in small 300-liter oak barrels and finally a rest of 15-18 months in barrique.
It is a complete wine that supports the combination with the most important dishes of world cuisine.
The other wines: Moscato and rosé wine
Alongside the three types of Barbera d’Asti DOCG, a portion of the company is destined for the cultivation of Moscato grapes.
The historic vineyards planted on sunny hill bumps and traditionally suited to the production of Moscato grapes allow to obtain a wine with an intense aroma with floral scents, sweet, which stands out in the accompaniment to desserts of all kinds.
An important place is reserved for the “25/9” Rosé Wine, dedicated to his father Giancarlo.
This wine bears the date of his death, but also the date of the grape harvest during the first year of activity.
It is a special product, a blend of Freisa and Barbera that wants to represent an alternative to Barbera and to be drunk in the summer months.
It is a fresh, fragrant and versatile wine capable of opening up to disparate gastronomic opportunities: from aperitifs to dishes based on fish, shellfish and white meats.
N° of Bottles
Visits & Tastings
The most complete tasting takes place on the town tower: an experience that links the wines to their territory of origin
The reception is carried out directly by the owners and takes place through the path followed by the grapes from the moment of arrival in the cellar to the bottle.
From the walk in the vineyard adjacent to the company, to the vinification and aging rooms up to the bottling and labeling, you’ll reach the area that represents the heart of the visit: the tasting room.
The visitor can choose between different types of experience.
Three wines → 15 €
Rosé wine 25/9 + Barbera d’Asti DOCG La Turna + Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Our Barbera d’Asti DOCG → 18 €
Rosé Wine 25/9 + Barbera d’Asti DOCG La Turna + Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG Cunsej
Full tasting → 22 €
Rosé wine 25/9 + Barbera d’Asti DOCG La Turna + Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG Cunsej + Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Tasting on the Tower of Castagnole delle Lanze → 30 €
This is the most complete experience designed by Bel Sit to allow its guests to taste the wines of the production at the ancient tower of Castagnole delle Lanze located in the ancient village, a building dated 1880.
Visitors will be guided to discover the local history and its most representative building at the top of which the panoramic point offers a 360 ° view of the Langhe, Monferrato, towards the entire Alpine arc.
The wines are accompanied by tastings of local products resulting from the work of small local companies.
The tastings including Moscato d’Asti DOCG also include a slice of hazelnut cake, a confectionary excellence typical of this area of Piedmont.
The town of Castagnole delle Lanze
The town, located halfway between Langhe and Monferrato, has always linked its economy to agriculture and in particular to wine production
The town of Castagnole delle Lanze is important, as well as for reasons linked to the history of Barbera d’Asti, for the annual Hazelnut Fair and for the “Adotta un filare nelle Lanze” initiative.
The Hazelnut Fair
It is a long-lived and followed tradition, with uncertain origins, as there is no historical data that traces the beginning of this event back to a specific year.
In recent decades it has taken on a considerable appeal in the panorama of events that revolve around the hazelnut: during this event, the first reference price of the year for this fruit is traditionally fixed.
The project adopts a row in the Lanze
Since 2010 the town has been known for the Adotta un filare nella Lanze project, an initiative that involves the Bel Sit Company and is a further testimony of commitment and dedication to promoting the quality of Barbera wine.
By signing the adoption pact, each adopter receives 12 Bottles of Barbera Lanze Doc, a certificate of adoption and can give their name to the adopted row, about 20 meters long.
Doing so feeds a market parallel to the traditional one and helps to support the local economy.
The Tower of Count Paolo Ballada of Saint Robert
The visitor can choose between different types of experience.
- Three wines → 15 €
- Our Barbera d'Asti DOCG → 18 €
- Full tasting → 22 €
- Full tasting on the Tower of Castagnole delle Lanze → 30 €
If you choose the tasting in English, please request it when booking your visit.
PURCHASE OF WINES IN THE CELLAR
- Barbera d'Asti DOCG La Turna → 6,90 €
- Barbera d'Asti DOCG Cunsej → 9,30 €
- Barbera d'Asti DOCG Sichivej → 15,00 €
- Moscato d'Asti DOCG → 6,70 €
- Vino Rosato 25/9 → 6,00 €
13:30 → 19:00