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Monferrato is a scenic wine region located in Piedmont, in northern Italy. This landscape of  iconic, rolling hills is located just south of the Po river, spanning the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. The Medieval town of Asti is a testament to the region’s history, with historic buildings and noble gardens in a region that dates back to the ancient Celts. 
The continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters combined with well-drained, tufo (volcanic) soils contribute to excellent growing conditions and grape balance. Monferrato received DOC status in 1994 with a paradigm that seems loose compared to others. National varietals are allowed to be blended with international ones, with the stipulation that single varietal releases must be at least 85% of the labeled main grape. 
Rossos can contain the native Piedmont grapes Barbera, Grignolino, Freisa, Dolcetto, and Brachetto blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Cortese Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Grignolino

    Indigenous to Italy’s Piedmont region, Grignolino is only a minor grape in its homeland, where it makes light red win...

  • Cortese

    Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘G...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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Popular Wineries in Monferrato View all

  • Pomona Winery

    Specializing in wines made from locally grown fruits other than grapes, we offer seven table wine...

  • Azienda Agricola la Scamuzza

    The estate "Scamuzza" was created in 1971, when Mr. Carlo Bertone bought 40 hectares of the best ...

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  • La Spinetta 'Pin' 2004


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    Wine review by rzakharov

  • I am still toying with the shape and tone of this blog so forgive me as I feel ... I feel ... to Barbera del Monferrato Superiore for becoming Italy's 37th DOCG. This completes the recognition of Piedmont's workhorse grapes Dolcetto (see Dogliani) and Barbera. I will be exploring this elevation in more depth in another post but I did not want... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Stampa

  • Braida di Giacomo Bologna Barbera del Monferrato la Monella Frizzante 2005


    This is a very interesting wine that I would not have ever tried if my wife and I hadn't visited the Braida winery. I've never had anything like it. It doesn't have award winning complexity of Braida's other barberas, but the wine is utterly refreshing and enjoyable. It's 'frizzante' versus being still or sparkling, so it has just enough carb... Read More

    Wine review by dallasboiler

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2006


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    Wine review by Rita

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2006


    Bought this wine at the recommendation of the clerk at the wine store. Brought it to a dinner part that night. It was a huge hit. Everyone who drank the wine loved its light flavor, and slight sparkle. There were a lot of none wine lovers there, and even they could only grin with glee after drinking said wine. Read More

    Wine review by jasongu

  • La Spinetta Rivetti Monferrato Pin 1996


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    Wine review by Handy

  • La Spinetta Rivetti Monferrato Pin 1997


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    Wine review by Handy

  • Voület Monferrato Antichi Giochi Piemontesi 2006


    From the Piedmont region of Italy comes this unusual wine. Made from red Malvasia, it is made in the Frizzante (semi-sparkling) style like a Moscato d'Asti. Fruity, semi-sweet and low in alcohol, it is a great drink on its own but also pairs well with chocolate. This is one of our most popular wines for a good reason - it's delicious and does... Read More

    Wine review by kybecca

  • Cantine Sant'Agata Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 'Na Vota 2005


    Bottle notes claim, "the most interesting wine you'll taste all year." Tasted a bit too earthy--almost musty--at first when tasted alone, but paired nicely with a squash and mushroom pasta dish. Read More

    Wine review by dlcnyc

  • Bera Vittorio E Figli Barbera del Monferrato le Verrane 2004


    Very good concentration. Rich palate of blackberries with juicy acidity. Long finish with hints of chocolate. Very Lively Read More

    Wine review by Damien Carter

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