Asti Langa

La Badia

Wine Producer in Calosso

Business Hours

8:00 → 12:00
15:00 → 19:00

Closing Day

Always open upon reservation

Holidays

The La Badia winery, located in the municipality of Calosso, can be reached along the scenic roads of the Langa Astigiana, where vineyards mainly cultivated with Moscato and Barbera alternate with other types of crops and wooded areas.

The owners, the brothers Giuseppe and Marco Bussi, welcome guests directly, leading them to discover the territory and the products that have allowed the company to receive numerous awards and recommendations in important guides and magazines in the sector.

In the winery the knowledge and familiarity in wine production is not lacking. In fact, the Bussi brothers entered the world of winemaking in the mid-1980s by working with Moscato grapes, when it was common practice for most young producers to gain experience with Barbera grapes.

In fact, Barbera demonstrates a better resistance to wine-making stress and consequently is able to better tolerate even the errors dictated by an initial inexperience.

It is therefore no coincidence, today, that the leading wines of the production are precisely Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Barbera d’Asti DOCG.

A story that
begins in 1987

in Calosso

As indicated in the cadastral papers, the company inherits its name from an old farmhouse purchased by the Bussi family

The name badia probably refers to an active monastic community in the vicinity of which today there are no traces left.

The same term also indicates the name of wild cliffs, the Badie, located not far from the farmhouse.

The history of the winery begins in the 1900s. Nonno Felice already produced a modest quantity of Moscato wine destined for bulk sale.

The current location, a typical Piedmontese court, is the same as it was originally: a large building once shared between five families.

Here, the great-grandfather of Giuseppe and Marco came as a servant, receiving it as an inheritance following his marriage to the owner's daughter.

Since 1987 the current owners have resumed their grandfather's business, becoming wine producers according to modern standards.

The production process is entirely followed by the family.

In the cellar it is in fact possible to meet the owners with their parents, Aldo and Lidia, Marco's wife, Maria and their son Luca, a student of oenology.

The Wines

The production includes several labels, but the Bussi brothers have chosen to focus on the two grape varieties: Moscato and Barbera

Moscato d’Asti DOCG

Produced in 12,000 bottles per year, Moscato DOCG represents the first love regarding the grape processing process which, although it takes place quickly, needs care and attention.

To best express their potential, the grapes obtained from the Moscato vine require a sandy calcareous soil, well present in the Castiglione Tinella area.

The product obtained is a fragrant, harmonious wine with an intense bouquet with perception of notes of cedar, wildflowers and acacia.

Barbera d’Asti DOCG

The Barbera grapes are grown on the slope that from Calosso faces Agliano Terme: the clayey and heavier soil is particularly suitable for the cultivation of this vine.

Next to the more recent plants there are vineyards that are the result of various acquisitions in previous decades: some of them bear the date 1932.

Barbera DOCG is present in three different labels and the annual production is about 18,000 bottles.

  • Tentazione: vinified in the traditional way and aged for at least 6 months in large barrels.
  • Clotilde: only the best bunches are destined for the production of this Barbera Superiore and undergo a long maceration on the skins.
    After a first fermentation in stainless steel tanks, this wine is left to rest in barriques for at least 12 months.

The aforementioned reds, served at a temperature of around 18 °, go well with pasta dishes with meat sauce, roasts, grills and the traditional bagna càuda as well as aged cheeses and spicy salami.

Calosso DOC: a hidden gem

Calosso DOC is vinified from one of the oldest and rarest indigenous Piedmontese vines, Gamba Rossa, better known locally as Gamba di Pernice.

Always present in this small part of the Asti area, it risked extinction before being rediscovered and enhanced.

It has a ruby red color and spicy and balsamic notes reminiscent of green pepper and withstands an aging of 10-15 years.

The other wines

The range of wines is completed by:

Monferrato DOC Dolcetto Cornarino, Piedmont DOC Cortese Battibò, Piedmont DOC Chardonnay, Partially Fermented Must obtained from 100% Eclisse Moscato grapes and Partially Fermented Must obtained from 100% Solare Barbera grapes, Rosé Wine Soffio di petali.

Produced Wines

Monferrato DOC Dolcetto "Cornarino", Piemonte DOC Cortese "Battibò", Calosso DOC, Piemonte DOC Chardonnay, Mosto Parzialmente Fermentato ottenuto da uve Moscato 100% "Eclisse" e Mosto Parzialmente Fermentato ottenuto da uve Barbera 100% "Solare", Vino Rosato "Soffio di petali"

Vineyards Extension

20 Ha

N° of Bottles

42.000

Vineyards Location

Castiglione Tinella. Calosso

Agricultural Method

Integrated pest management

Visits & Tastings

During the visit you have the opportunity to get to know and talk directly with the producers

The visit to the winery is carried out directly by the owners and it is possible to choose between two types of experience.

They include: an introduction to the history of the company and the territory, a walk through the vineyards adjacent to the winery and well exposed to the sun, sörì, (in Piedmontese dialect) and tasting.

Part of the visit is dedicated to the discovery of the winemaking and aging process, visiting the premises of the winery located on three levels.

The types of tasting

The tasting, the central moment of the visit, takes place in the specially set up room.

In case of good weather it can be taken outdoors, in the large courtyard with a panoramic view.

  • Tasting of 3 wines among those available + tastings of local products → € 15
  • Tasting of 4 wines among those available + company tour + tastings of local products → 20 €

The glasses are accompanied by tastings of home-made cured meats and local cheeses.

All wines can be purchased directly in the cellar.

Groups

max 15 people

Visit Duration

1h30

Booking

Mandatory

Tasting Price

Starting at 15€

Langa Astigiana

Authentic journey through hills, villages and towers. Discovering a place that has managed to maintain its authenticity

The soft hills that characterize this area are ideal for walking, cycling or horseback riding and are at their best in late spring and autumn: this is in fact the most popular period for tourists from all over the world.

Nearby there are some important centers from a cultural and food and wine point of view: Canelli, capital of Asti Spumante with its Cathedrals of Wine, Santo Stefano Belbo, birthplace of the writer Cesare Pavese and Alba, capital of the White Truffle.

The store in Settimo Torinese

La Badia has opened a company store in Settimo Torinese, in Piazza Astengo 18, with the intention of bringing the genuineness of country wines directly to the city. Here, the wines of the production can be purchased in bottles or tapped directly from the barrel. In the bottles or the Bag in Box, 5 and 10 liters, the product remains fresh and intact and easy to transport. On the occasion of the holidays, baskets and personalized gift boxes are created.

Prices & Services

Tastings and direct sale

Types of tasting

  • Tasting of 3 wines among those available + tastings of local products → € 15
  • Tasting of 4 wines among those available + company tour + tastings of local products → 20 €

Wine list

Moscato d'Asti DOCG 8€

Barbera d'Asti DOC Clotilde 9€

Barbera d'Asti DOC Tentazione 8€

Calosso DOC 9€

Monferrato DOC Dolcetto Cornarino 4€

Piemonte DOC Cortese Battibò 4€

Vino Rosato Soffio di petali 4€

Piemonte DOC Chardonnay 6€

Mosto Parzialmente Fermentato ottenuto da uve Barbera 100% Solare 9€

Mosto Parzialmente Fermentato ottenuto da uve Moscato 100% Eclisse 9€

Services

Pets Allowed Direct Sales WiFi Parking Lot Garden Private Park

Accepted Payments

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

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