L’Orto Smeraldo was established in 2009, after extensive experience in the fruit and vegetables sector, by the Borio family. It is located in Vaccheria, a small hamlet in Guarene just 10 minutes from Alba, in the valley between Langhe and Roero.
The Sidré cider
The idea was launched one evening amongst friends. Seeing the high quality of the Madernassa pear, a typical Roero variety, Massimo and Emanuele decided to try producing the first and only cider made from this fruit. After the success of the initial experiments, the product was officially presented in 2014 with the name Sidré.
From the crushing and pressing of the best pears we obtain the juice for the initial fermentation at 14°, which lasts roughly 15/20 days. The bubbly process takes place during the second fermentation which is carried out at 12°, after which filtering and a period of rest in tanks take place.
At this point the Sidré cider is ready to be bottled: dry, bubbly and with low alcohol (Vol. 8%). It’s ideal for any situation; for all dishes and light aperitifs.
The fruits of the earth
L’Orto Smeraldo cultivates seasonal products fully respecting nature so as to offer the territory’s most authentic flavors.
At the company’s sales point you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetable products, processed goods and a careful selection of local products, including wines from the Borgogno Rivata winery.
The Borio family looks forward to showing you how the Madernassa pear is cultivated.
After the guided visit of the orchards and vineyards, you’ll get a chance to taste the first and only bubbly cider, along with the Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Pelaverga, Arneis and Favorita wines, accompanied by sweet and savory local products.
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The company tour lasts approximately 2 hours and includes:
- the guided visit of the orchards
- Sidré cider and Borgogno Rivata wine tasting
- sweet and savory local products appetizers
The price is:
- 10,00 € per person for those who wish to try 6 wines
- 5,00 € for those who only try 3 wines of their choice
The visit is available in Italian and in English.
Groups up to a maximum of 50 participants are allowed.
At the Vaccheria sales point you’ll find fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetable products, pear jams, hazelnut preserves, Borgogno Rivata wines and a careful selection of other local products.
The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
For information and reservations fill out the form on the side, indicating in the “notes” field the type of visit chosen.