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Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato


The Terroir

The hills where Barbera is grown date back to the Tertian age, about 2 million years ago, when the sea left the current Pianura Padana and started the very intense erosive processes that shaped the current Piedmont region landscape. They are poor in organic substances and often dry in summer because the slopes can’t hold water. There are two main types of soils: the white soils and the Asti area sands.

The climate of Monferrato is typically continental, varying between hot summers with temperatures that can exceed 35 ° C; and sometimes create summer drought, and cold winters; where temperatures can drop below -15 ° C.

The rains are mainly concentrated in the months of April-May in spring and October-November in autumn.

Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato

The Consortium for the defense of typical wines Barbera d’Asti and Freisa d’Asti was founded in 1946 by seven wineries to guarantee the authenticity and distribution of these wines both on the Italian and foreign markets by means of distinguishing marks.

The constant support offered to the associated wineries, together with the powers assigned to it by the law, over the years allowed the Consortium, now renamed “Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato”, to significantly contribute to the development of the whole territory where it operates.

Today the Consortium has more than 350 associated wineries and is the reference point of a production chain that continuously operates to preserve its environment and to raise the quality of its products.