Gianfranco Alessandria, with the support of his wife Bruna and daughter Vittoria, runs the winery today, continuing the family tradition that began two generations ago.
After the death of his father in 1986, Gianfranco first attended the viticulture school in Alba and learned to be a vintner. Then he began to manage the inherited business. He first produced grapes on around 4 hectares of intact vineyards, which he then sold to the cooperative for further processing. But right from the start, his ambition was to make authentic wines from his grapes. Step by step he began to modernize the winery and equip it with the necessary machines and equipment. At first he only produced small quantities of his own wines, but his was very well received and over the years production increased steadily and today the winery produces around 50,000 bottles a year.
The winery is located in Monforte d'Alba, one of the most famous communities in the Barolo area and stands for Barolo wines of great character and structure with freshness, elegance and longevity. Today the company owns a total of 5.5 hectares and leases an additional 1 hectare of vineyards on the San Giovanni Cru, which also enables the winery to produce great Barolo single-site wines.
The family's way of working is based on natural principles and respects the times and methods that are necessary to produce a sustainable product. The winery has been cultivating organic viticulture for years and only uses sulfur, verdigris or copper sulfate for treatment. From the very beginning, Gianfranco started with a drastic reduction in the number of grapes per hectare, which favors better ripening of the grapes and makes them healthier and more resistant to the climate. The winemaking takes place with short maceration times in temperature-controlled vertical fermentation tanks and maturation in small French barriques.
The family is undeterred on their way and their development and with daughter Vittoria the next generation is already in the starting blocks.
The Roberto Ferraris winery was founded in 1923 by Stefano Ferraris and is located in Agliano Terme, in the heart of the historic Barbera d'Asti area.Due to the nature of the soil and the microclimate, there are excellent conditions for the Barbera vine
For this reason Roberto Ferrari's father planted his 10 hectare vineyards with Barbera vines, some of which have now reached an average age of 70 years. One can rightly call Roberto a Barbera expert and first class specialist. He runs the winery in the same tradition as his ancestors did. With his Barbera wines he has earned an international reputation for their consistently high quality.
Today the winery produces around 60,000 bottles of wine annually. Roberto presses 4 different B arbera wines from the Barbera grapes. Also worth mentioning is the winery's historic wine cellar, which dates back to the early 19th century. Today it serves as a museum and is equipped with a collection of natural sculptures from old grapevines that Roberto's brother created.
The drive to the Josette Saffirio / Sara Vezza winery from Monforte takes you along a winding path that makes you wonder whether you are on the right road at all. But when you arrive you can see that the winery is located in one of the most valuable places in the Barolo wine region. The winery is to the east across from Serralunga d'Alba, which is known for its clayey soils that produce deep, strict baroli with an incredible longevity. To the west is Castiglione Falletto, with its calcareous, sandy soil and elegant baroli. The winery itself is located on the edge of the Monforte d'Alba wine-growing region.
The winery founded by Josetta Saffirio is managed by Josetta's daughter Sara Vezza, who produces both Josetta Saffirio and also oversees that of her own brand Sara Vezza.
Endowed with a lion heart and a deep understanding of the area she grew up in, Sara is totally dedicated to two Things: her family (she is the mother of four children) and the production of sustainable, terroir-based wines. She is the fifth generation of a farming family from this region and has an indestructible connection to the earth.
The winery operates organic viticulture.