Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Castello di Razzano wine trip

The vendenmia started here in Piedmont last week in earnest and so I thought I might finally get around to a quick post about a wonderful road trip we took this summer with our friend Rachel, who is here doing a season as a "stagista" cook, in a local hotel, Mason Verte, to expand her horizons and experience. We took the opportunity to visit friends over in the Monferrato region over by Asti who took us to visit a beautiful family run winery and former castle, Castello Razzano.

The Olearo family are very welcoming and generous with their time. They gave us a full tour of the castle that has been renovated and turned in to a regal B&B in the serene rolling vineyard.

We also enjoyed a wander through the cellar and displays before we got down to the serious business of tasting the wine.
I can say it was delicious and we left with some wine to bring back home.
If you find yourself in the area and would like to visit or stay in a castle in the Monferrato hills this would be a delightful choice. Their Barbera wines were flavorful with all the goodness of the goodness of the surrounding sun and hillside bottled up in their wines. But then you can decide that for yourself, as they have a reasonably priced wine tasting menu to sample their range of wines. I think if you buy a few bottles of wine they probably won't charge you extra for the sampling of 2 or 3 of their high quality local varietal wines. I've included a link below to a map where you can find them.
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