Balbiano

Balbiano

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This historic cellar, established by Melchiorre Balbiano and now run confidently and imaginatively by Luca, is about to celebrate its 80th birthday. It also houses an interesting Museum of Rural Civilization  – with a display of vintage farming utensils – and Antique Toys. An exciting new initiative is the replanting of the vineyards and the production of a fantastic Freisa at Villa della Regina in the Turin hills. Freisa, obviously the cellar’s main grape (with just over seven hectares given over to it), goes into the sparkling Freisa di Chieri, the still Surpreisa and Barbarossa Freisa Superiore  –  as well as the aforementioned Villa della Regina. Under the Colli Torinesi denomination, they also produce Bonarda, Barbera and the delicious Cari, an amazing  sweet wine made with a local grape variety, not to mention an excellent Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco and the very enjoyable Rosato dell’Arco, available both still and sparkling.

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