All the Way Up with Albugnano – Albugnano DOC Red Wines for Spring 2020

Albugnano DOC red wine

The Italian municipality, Albugnano, where Albugnano DOC red wines are produced has the highest elevation within all larger Piemonte region.

Regional Characteristics – Albugnano DOC Red Wines

It is a precariously situated village, and is home to among the coolest climates within Italy where vineyards grow.

Albugnano DOC red wine
The municipality of Castelnuovo Don Bosco – elevation 306 m (1,004 ft) – part of the Albugnano DOC production area.

This colder climate imparts a crisp, yet fruity undertone, which coincidently are not unlike those of the southern Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG reds from Basilicata.

The wine is unique in that Albugnano DOC exudes a freshness unlike other wines from Piemonte. They are lower profile wines and are therefore more affordable.

Albugnano DOC red wine
The municipality of Pino d’Asti – elevation 412 m (1,352 ft) – also, part of the Albugnano DOC production area.

The Albugnano DOC was established in 1997 and the two wines the region produces are rosé (rosato) and red (rosso) wines.

Rosé 
Rosato: at least 85% Nebbiolo with a maximum 15% of Barbera, Bonarda, and/or Freisa wine varieties.

Red wine
Rosso: at least 85% Nebbiolo with a maximum 15% of Barbera, Bonarda, and/or Freisa wine varieties.
Superiore: a rosso that is aged a minimum of one year, including six months in a barrel.

 

Albugnano DOC red wine
Balangero Chiesa San Giacomo – Catholic church in Balangero, Italy

 

The fruity wine encompasses hints of raspberry to wild strawberry and is delightfully paired with floral and spicy flavors, as well as balsamic aromas, much like the southern Italian rosé, Alezio DOC (from Apulia).

Producers – Albugnano DOC Red Wines

A few of my favorite producers of Albugnano DOC include:

Alle Tre Colline

This gem will make you appreciate true hospitality, as the Carossa family will welcome you into their quaint vineyard.

Azienda Agrituristica Alle Tre Colline is found in the heart of Monferrato and despite its relatively young history develops a number of delicious wines. #AlleTreColline #cena #Albugnano #Piemonte @ColleManoraWine Click To Tweet

The vineyard was founded in 1999 by Edoardo and Orsolina Carossa and then passed the farm onto their son Franco who now runs it with his wife and their three children.

The company develops 35 hectares of land and hosts beautiful accommodation.

Alle Tre Colline
Vezzolano 60 Albugnano
http://www.alletrecolline.com

 

Ca’ Mariuccia

Ca’ Mariuccia s.s.a. can be found on the Monferrato hills where they run an ethical farm aimed at using sustainable, eco-friendly methods and practices.

In addition to running a successful vineyard, Ca ‘Mariuccia also serves as a Piedmontese agriturismo where visitors can enjoy a range of farming activities. #cena #Albugnano #CaMariuccia #Piemonte @ColleManoraWine Click To Tweet

Their aim is to create an awareness of climate change and a sustainable farming culture while incorporating ancient techniques.

You can have a relaxing stay in their bed and bed and breakfast, enjoy a lovely wine tasting and eat wonderful Italian pizza.

Ca’ Mariuccia
Fraz. San Emiliano, 2 – 14022 – Albugnano (AT)
http://www.camariuccia.it

 

Badia di Morrona

Badia di Morrona has been run by the Gaslini Alberti family since 1939 and now run a total of 600 hectares, with 110 hectares dedicated purely to the vineyard.

The unique estate can house 120 guests, who can enjoy regular wine tours and breathtaking vistas for any hosted event.

Badia di Morrona
Via del Chianti, 6, 56030 Terricciola – Pisa
http://www.gaslinialberti.it

 

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