Balbiano

Balbiano

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It’s worth taking a trip up into the Turin hills to visit the cellar at Cantine Balbiano. In addition to the wine cellar itself, which is hewn into the rock, it’s possible to admire a collection of farming utensils and historical toys which conjure up the atmosphere of Piedmont in the olden days. The 80-year-old cellar, though, is run with youthful and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit by Luca Balbiano, who has succeeded his father Francesco, an important figure on the local wine scene. His consultant in the cellar and the vineyard is Gianpiero Gerbi.
The grape that symbolises the cellar is freisa and the wine of the same name accounts for about 80% of production. It comes in three versions: sparkling, still (Surpreisa) and Superiore (Federico I il Barbarossa). The feather in the cellar’s cap is Freisa di Chieri Vigna Villa della Regina, made with grapes from an urban vineyard that grows around the historical palace of the same name (about 3,500/4,000 bottles per harvest). The rest of the production falls under the Collina Torinese DOC (Barbera, Bonarda and the rare Cari). Another fine wine is the Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco, while the Rosato dell’Arco and the (sparkling) Bianco dell’Arco are the two curiosities of the maison.