Asti Langa

Coppo Historic Wineries

Wine Producer in Canelli

Business Hours

Always open by appointment

Closing Day

Holidays

December 24 - December 25
January 1
August 15 - 16

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, Historic Coppo Cellars spans three centuries of history and is one of Italy’s oldest wineries.

This is a prestigious recognition that makes the Underground Cathedrals a true temple dedicated to wine, its history and the work of man.

A monumental excavation work

The cellars, dug manually into limestone tuff, extend under the hill of Canelli for an extension of more than 5 thousand square meters and reach, at their lowest point, 40 meters deep.

The estate covers 50 hectares of vineyards, the central core of which is in Monferrato.

The company’s origins date back to 1892 and in 2012 the company received the inclusion by Unioncamere in the national register of historical enterprises with more than a century of uninterrupted activity.

A story that
begins in 1892

in Canelli

The history of the company is intertwined with the history of Piedmontese wine, tying in a special way with the development of Canelli, the capital of Italian sparkling wine.

The founder of the family and founder of the company was Piero Coppo: a careful and meticulous person who followed all stages of production in pursuit of uncompromising quality.

Following his marriage to Clelia Pennone, the company expanded with the addition of the cellars in Via Alba, the current company headquarters.

Right here, since the 18th century, the tunnels that today are known as Underground Cathedrals were dug by hand in the tuff.

In the early 20th century, the winery's production ranged from sparkling wines to typical red wines of Piedmont with exports reaching lands overseas.

In 1948, a massive flood devastated the cellars. In those years, Luigi Coppo took over from his father, implementing cutting-edge technologies for those times.

A real turning point occurred between the 1970s and 1980s, with the advent of the four brothers Piero, Gianni, Paolo and Roberto in the company.

The first experiments on white wines began, not forgetting the winery's vocation for red wines, especially Barbera.

1984 marked the first harvest of what would become the winery's signature wine over the years: the Barbera d'Asti Pomorosso, which would be joined the following year by Camp du Rouss.

In the 2000s, the fourth generation made its entrance: the company opened up to the modernity desired by digital communication.

Under the direction of Luigi Coppo, tours of the historic cellars and tasting routes were inaugurated for visitors from all over the world.

The Wines

The flagships of production are Barbera and Classic Method sparkling wine

The Chardonnay and Moscato d’Asti are also of a high standard, and from the 2024 vintage, the latter is to all intents and purposes Canelli DOCG with its own designation and therefore no longer a sub-zone.

A number of classic DOCGs are also produced such as Gavi, Barbera d’Asti, Nizza, and Barolo that Coppo has the right to make outside the production area.

Finally, there is a selection of Grappas.

Integrated agriculture, reduction or renunciation of invasive practices, and natural vine growth are the basis of the company’s philosophy of respect for the vineyard and careful selection of suitable terroirs to enhance the characteristics of the vine.

Produced Wines

Spumante Brut Metodo Classico Luigi Coppo, Spumante Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Clelia Coppo, Barbera d’Asti DOCG L’Avvocata, Barbera d’Asti DOCG Camp du Rouss, Barbera d’Asti DOCG Cascina Gavelli, Nizza DOCG Pomorosso, Nizza DOCD Bric del Marchese, Nizza DOCG Pontiselli, Nizza DOCG Riserva, Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Costebianche, Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Monteriolo, Barolo DOCG, Monferrato Rosso DOC Alterego, Gavi DOCG La Rocca, Moscato d’Asti DOCG Canelli Moncalvina, Grappa Pomorosso, Grappa Moncalvina, Grappa Camp du Rouss

Vineyards Extension

52 Ha

N° of Bottles

400.000

Vineyards Location

Canelli, Agliano Terme, Castelnuovo Calcea, Monterotondo di Gavi

Agricultural Method

Integrated pest management

Visits & Tastings

Historic Coppo Cellars can be visited daily, including weekends, only by reservation

During the tour, the winery‘s history and wine production are presented, with insights into the grape varieties of Piedmont, vineyard management and traditional winemaking methods, leading up to the most anticipated moment: the guided tasting.

Classic Tour (30€/person)

It lasts about 1,5 hours and includes a guided tasting of Coppo’s most prestigious wines.

  • Spumante Metodo Classico
  • Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Costebianche, of great freshness and minerality
  • Barbera d’Asti DOCG L’Avvocata, the winery’s signature wine
  • Canelli DOCG Moncalvina, the highest expression of Moscato.

The experience includes a visit to the Underground Cathedrals.

Premium Tour (50€/person)

Duration about 2 hours and includes guided tasting of the most prestigious Reserves.

  • Alta Langa DOCG
  • Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Monteriolo with great complexity and flavour
  • Nizza DOCG Pomorosso, Barbera at the highest level
  • Barolo DOCG
  • Moscato d’Asti sottozona Canelli Moncalvina

The experience includes a visit to the Underground Cathedrals.

Nizza Tour (65€/person)

The vineyards of barbera used for producing Nizza are located in Agliano Terme, Castelnuovo Calcea and Nizza Monferrato.

The Nice Tour aims to introduce people to the new Nice DOCG appellation:

  • Nizza DOCG Pomorosso
  • Nizza DOCG Pontiselli
  • Nizza DOCG Bric del Marchese
  • Riserva della Famiglia Nizza DOCG

Tours are available in Italian and English; it is recommended to bring a warm shirt.

All wines can be purchased and shipped by courier to the destination of your choice.

Groups

max 10 people

Visit Duration

about 1h30

Booking

Mandatory

Tasting Price

Starting at 30€

The underground cathedrals

Ancient cellars dug by hand into the tuff rock that go deep inside the hillside

Their name comes from the characteristic barrel vaults that recall those of churches.

The surreal environment that is created is so evocative and unique that it has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

These are monumental works of art: long tunnels carved into the tuff, with brick vaults, corridors, and large rooms enhanced by light effects.

The temperature, which is constant throughout the year between 12 and 14 degrees, makes it possible to maintain ideal conditions for the production and aging of wines.

There are tens of thousands of bottles of sparkling wine pampered for months, in the dark, in an environment of constant humidity, waiting to reach levels of excellence.

Preservation of territorial integrity and the vineyard ecosystem in all its aspects

The Coppo winery implements low environmental impact agronomic practices in the vineyard in order to limit invasive interventions.
Grassing and fertilization are practiced using only organic compounds.
In combating traditional vine diseases, traditional products such as sulfur and copper or essential oil preparations, which are routinely used in biodynamic agriculture, are preferably used.
In order to reduce synthetic insecticides, pheromone, a natural substance that prevents their proliferation, is used.

Prices & Services

Tours and tastings

The types of experience

  • Tour Classico: 30€/person
    Spumante Metodo Classico
    Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Costebianche
    Barbera d’Asti DOCG L'Avvocata
    Moscato d’Asti DOCG Moncalvina
  • Tour Premium: 50€/person
    Alta Langa DOCG
    Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Monteriolo
    Nizza DOCG Pomorosso
    Barolo DOCG
    Canelli DOCG Moncalvina 
  • Nizza Tour: 65€/person
    Nizza DOCG Pomorosso
    Nizza DOCG Pontiselli
    Nizza DOCG Bric del Marchese
    Riserva della Famiglia Nizza DOCG

All wines can be purchased and shipped by courier to the destination of your choice.

Services

Air Conditioning Pets Allowed Direct Sales WiFi

Accepted Payments

Visa / Cartasi Mastercard American Express ATM / Bancomat Bank Transfer Cash