An amphitheater of hills and vineyards

The Montalbera Winery was founded at the beginning of the 20th century in an area located in the townships of Grana, Castagnole Monferrato, and Montemagno.

Montalbera’s property extends over 175 hectares cultivated with vineyards in the Monferrato and Langhe

The beginning

In the mid-1980s, the Morando family began expanding their property by purchasing land in adjacent territories and planting it with new grapevines, prevalently Ruchè; they continue to grow their landholdings. Today, a continuous stretch of vineyard-covered land encircles the winery. The vineyards are planted entirely on hillsides, giving the vines different expositions and soil, from clay to limestone.

In the Monferrato and Langhe

A unique aspect that has always distinguished Montalbera in the Piedmontese winemaking landscape is that the winery sits astride two of the region’s most important winemaking zones: the Monferrato and the Langhe.

Vineyards

Castagnole Monferrato

Piemonte - Monferrato

Castagnole Monferrato

Legenda

A – CALYPSOS Vino bianco
B – SOLO ACCIAIO Barbera d’Asti DOCG
B1 – LA BRIOSA Barbera del Monferrato DOC
B1-B2 – CUVÉE BLANCHE Spumante Extra-dry
C – LA TRADIZIONE Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
D – LACCENTO Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
D – LACCENTO Passito di Ruchè

D – GRAPPA DI RUCHÈ
E – LIMPRONTA Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
F – GRIGNÈ Grignolino d’Asti DOC
H – LEQUILIBRIO Barbera d’Asti DOCG
H2 – NUDA Barbera d’Asti DOCG Superiore
I – VEGAN Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
L – CUVÉE ROSÉ Spumante Brut

The vineyards cover six entire hills, which dip down into a valley cultivated with the traditional Piedmontese hazelnut. The vines vary in age from 7 to 30 years, and are trained in low Guyot trellises. All agricultural work is done by hand.

A good 82 hectares are planted with Ruchè, which comprises 60% of the entire production of this appellation. Other planted varieties are Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino, and Viognier.

Castiglione Tinella

Piemonte - Langa

Castiglione Tinella

Legenda

A1 – SAN CARLO Moscato d’Asti DOCG
B3 – CUVÉE BLANCHE Spumante Extra-dry

In Castiglione Tinella, 15 hectares of vineyards in one plot of land are planted at 408 m.s.l. with Moscato d’Asti. The Morando family’s roots begin here, in this vineyard located in the heart of the Langhe.

Viticulture

A family tradition

Origins

The Morando family’s origins are from the Langhe, and this connection inevitably found its way into their vineyards and wines. Castiglione Tinella, hometown of the winery’s founder Enrico Riccardo Morando, has about 15 hectares of the winery’s vineyards, planted with Moscato d’Asti. Montalbera produces Moscato d’Asti DOCG San Carlo from these vineyards, naming it after the Church of San Carlo located just a few meters from the winery.

Chiesetta di San Carlo a Castiglione Tinella

Rigor and planning.
Interpretation and terroir.

Fruit of the Wine

For generations, the Morando family has believed and invested in Piedmontese viticulture. For years, they have passionately dedicated themselves to the development of the native variety Ruchè.

Because of their ongoing commitment, today Montalbera arises as one of the great wineries of Piedmont. The foundations of their success lies in solid, recognizable values that translate very clearly in the wines they produce.

Rigor and planning. Interpretation and terroir. These are the basis for Montalbera’s productive philosophy. They are ideals that put the fruit of the wine at the center of everything, and in doing so exalt the uniqueness of the vineyards. Each wine is interpreted in different ways, from stainless steel to wood, from overripe to withering, in order to best develop the multifaceted personality of each variety.

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