January 8, 2017

Vintage Wine Tasting Italian Style

at Villa Era, Biella, Piemonte

By In Photographs
It was one of those tastings that you read about in the fine wine magazines – eight or so wines of vintages going back 19th century. Held at Villa Era near Biella in the north of Italy this was certainly a unique experience.

You cant buy any of these bottles. There are but one or two bottles remaining for the older vintages. A rare treat indeed.

I’ve been waiting for a confirmed list of the vintages and producers since the tasting which was held back in November. But, from my notes, scrawelled in tight conditions and from my photos (taken in less than optimum conditions, with restrictions on what I can actually show here) there was a Villa Era Spanna di Viglianco from 1964, a Villa Alessandro Castelieago from 1904 and a Villa Era Vigliano 1908. The oldest vintage? 1891. Special by-half.

All the wines are made from Nebbiolo predominantly, or so it is assumed. Today Villa Era blends Nebbiolo with a little enriching Vespolina from its hectare sized vineyard, restored 2007/8, that surround the neo-classical villa.

Vintage Wine Tasting Italian Style

Vintage Wine Tasting Italian Style

Vintage Wine Tasting Italian Style

“The historic house and gardens of Villa Era lie on the edges of the Alps, near Biella, where glacial and inhospitable mountain peaks become gentle rolling hills that eventually give way to the fertile Po Valley. The hills that surround the house and grounds form a natural amphitheatre that have fostered a special microclimate that mitigates the hottest summers and the coldest winters, making this ground particularly well suited to wine-making”

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