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. Through their continued commitment, 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.
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.
The vineyards cover 175 hectares of vinegyards between Monferrato and Lange, 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. Roughly 82 hectares are planted with Ruchè, which comprises 60% of the entire production of this appellation. Other planted varieties are Barbera d’Asti and Grignolino.
History and experience have given birth to a unique style known all over the world and to the BRC certification. Utilizing consistent respect for the environment and strong eco-sustainability policies they carefully select yeasts used within the vineyard. Next fermentation must begin in steel tanks of the latest generation. The wine is then refined in barrels, tonneaux and large French oak barrels.
D - GRAPPA DI RUCHÈ
AND - LIMPRONTA Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
F - GRIGNE Grignolino d'Asti DOC
H - LEBALITY Barbera d'Asti DOCG Superiore
H2 - NUDA Barbera d'Asti DOCG Superiore
I - VEGAN Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
L - CUVÉE ROSÉ Spumante Brut
A - LANFORA Grignolino D'Asti DOC
B - STEEL ONLY Barbera d'Asti DOCG
B1 - BRIOSA Frizzante Barbera del Monferrato DOC
B1-B2 - CUVÉE BLANCHE Extra-dry sparkling wine
C - LA TRADIZIONE Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
D - LACCENTO Grapes Overripe
D - LACCENTO Passito di Ruchè