“The vineyards of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato constitute an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment, associated with the wine production activities and an authentic and ancient art of winemaking recognized throughout the world”
With this motivation, the vineyard landscapes of Piedmont Langhe-Roero and Monferrato were declared part of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in 2014.
Made up of a core zone of 29 municipalities extending over 10,789 hectares, the territory is divided into 6 areas.
Among these, the area located in the Province of Asti, and which includes portions of the municipalities of Montegrosso, Mombercelli, Agliano Terme, Castelnuovo Calcea, Vinchio, Vaglio Serra and Nizza Monferrato, is considered the “capital” of Barbera. The Barbera vine variety has been cultivated for over 500 years and is considered the highest expression of this denomination. In this area Barbera is the leading grape variety grown, because the pedoclimatic conditions here are particularly favorable for its ripening. From its highly valued grapes, producers obtain Barbera d’Asti with special organoleptic qualities. For this reason, competent bodies recognized a very high value sub-area, limited to 18 municipalities where “Nizza” docg can be produced.
Il Botolo Azienda Agricola, with its 15 hectares of vineyards in Colombaro and Le Coccole, produces its typical wines in this very setting, in the heart of Monferrato.