Vinchio-Vaglio Serra is a cooperative winery that was founded in 1959 by 19 vine-growers from Vinchio and Vaglio Serra, two small towns in the heart of the Asti region of Piemonte. It now rests with 185 members that are owners and tenants of about 430 hectares of vineyard. An estate that cherishes its land and the fact that it is not very fertile, being mostly calcareous and sandy, most vineyards are located on very steep slopes, where plants are close to each other and exploit the best sun exposure. A constant presence of vine management is needed in order to get the best grapes possible, as they focus on a very low environmental impact, using no herbicides, and utilize many native varieties of the area. Being a cooperative, which often only focus on massive production and simple quality, Vinchio-Vaglio Serra defies the definition with sincere attention to the land and environment, unique indigenous grapes, and a lighter touch in the winemaking process.
vinchio-vaglio serra 'le tane' piemonte barbera
From Vinchio-Vaglio comes this ‘Le Tane’ Piemonte Barbera as a demarcated Barbera d’Asti. Not only is this red a sensational representation of the grape, but is an amazing value as well. The fruit is brought into the cellar for fermentation in stainless steel, a few month rest, and bottled fresh for the market. This barbera is a delicious unoaked red, it presents aromas of red berries, pepper and nutmeg spices, and a hint of game. A well-balanced wine that is fruity and spicy in the mouth with a clean, dry finish.
vinchio-vaglio serra 'nivasco' piemonte brachetto
Vinchio-Vaglio creates a few different styles of ‘sweet’ wines from their vineyards, but none stand out quite as well as the Nivasco Brachetto. A beautiful representation of this delightful frizzante-styled Piemonte wine, the Brachetto has sweet and aromatic red fruits while accompanied by lightly fizzing bubbles for freshness on the palate. A delicious blend of berries, plums, pears, and sweet apples resound on the nose and in the mouth, with still enough fresh acidity to result in a clean, refreshing finish. Serve chilled. Maybe with some chocolate. And some raspberries.