The Enrico Riccardo Morando Family Montalbera wine estate, for generations at the forefront of the winemaking world of the Monferrato and the Langhe.
The family's philosophy of production is simple and consistent: the respect and the enhancement of the territory, the indissoluble link between environment, variety, climate and the work of man's hand.
Rigour, foresight in planning, imagination and poetry.
Faithful to its own principles, with wines made of emotions, charm and harmonies, "fruit
" of a continuous and passionate mission to promote the great wines of the Monferrato and Langhe, Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato above all.
Wines which represent an interpretation of life, a reading of needs and desires, constantly informed by a modernity of production. Believing and creating elegant products which bear within their "terroir" of origin an intensification of the true particularities of the variety, with unique and inimitable scents and fragrances expressing mysterious harmonies.
A story just begun... a mere 6 generations ago...
The Montalbera wine estate was founded at the beginning of the twentieth century in a territory straddling the municipalities of Grana, Castagnole Monferrato and Montemagno in the "old
" Duchy of Monferrato, a land of great expectations and promise. Tracing the origins of the name is difficult, but, almost certainly it refers to the characteristic wooded landscape and gentle hills surrounding the estate. Around the mid-nineteen-eighties, the Morando family, owners of the wine estate, adopted a policy of expansion which is not yet complete, with the acquisition of adjacent land and the planting of new vineyards, predominantly of Ruché. At present, Montalbera ranks amongst the most technologically advanced wineries in the world, and it interprets with great wisdom the "fruit
" which the earth offers up, in full respect of local traditions going back a thousand years. The result of the winery's growth allows us to state without exaggeration that roughly 55% of the Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato and roughly 12% of the Grignolino d'Asti "produced in the world
" "springs forth
" from the Montalbera di Castagnole Monferrato wine cellars.
Today the Vigneti e Cantine Enrico Morando winery consists of two different vineyards: the first in Castagnole Monferrato (Monferrato) of 130 hectares in a single lot, recognised for its production of the "Red Prince of Monferrato
" the indigenous Ruché; the second in Castiglione Tinella (Langhe), at the San Carlo estate, the birthplace of the head of the family, Mr. Enrico Riccardo, of 15 hectares in a single lot under Moscato d'Asti.
The winery is something of a rare phenomenon of the Piedmontese scene, straddling, as it does, Monferrato and the Langhe.
The philosophy of production followed is that of the "wine-fruit
" concept highlighting the wonderful particularities of the varieties with harvesting when the fruit is slightly overripe and a with careful and specific treatment on the vine.
"The dream of all those generations of wine men who have gone before us, is to obtain from the crop the best grape as fruit possible, to transform it into wine without ruining or altering the inheritance of taste and aroma synthesised by nature within the fruit, preserving every ounce of its intrinsic goodness". (Luca Maroni's preface to Le buone pratiche per la vinificazione e conservazione dei vini (Good practice for the vinification and conservation of wines) by Louis Oudart - first edition published in 1877 by the Reale accademia dell'agricoltura di Torino).
While there may be revolutions and developments in enological techniques, and there may too be disappearances and rebirths, it should not be forgotten that the symphony of fragrances, the delightfulness of flavours, the miracle of harmonies, all requisites of a great wine, are the reward for the painstaking work on the vine and in the winery, the outstanding talent in harnessing a winemaking science blending tradition and a sense of innovation which is in tune with the new tastes of the modern, demanding consumer.
We will never cease to rejoice at the ever-increasing number of enthusiasts and connoisseurs won over by the delightfulness of the flavours in Montalbera wines.