Estate: Sister and brother team Rafaella and Giuseppe Bologna are the 4th generation of their family to have an “unconditional love” for their land and wine. Their father, Giacomo Bologna was a pioneering force in elevating Barbera wines in the 1960’s. He was one of the few winemakers at the time to vinify Barbera in French barriques. Located between Monferrato Astigiano and the Langhe districts, the heart of the estates’ vineyards are in Rocchetta Tanaro in the Asti region of Piemonte. ‘Braida’ was the nickname of their great, great grandfather, Giuseppe Bologna. Sustainable practices are used in both the vineyards and cellar.
Winemaking: ‘Limonte’ is the name of a single vineyard in Rocchettaa Tanaro, 160 meters above sea level. It faces southeast, the soil is a mix of sand and clay. the vines were planted in 2010Fermented for 8 days in stainless steel tanks, followed by 4 months ageing in stainless steel, then 2 months in the bottle before release.
From the Winery: Open 30 mins before serving. Enjoy at 8-12°C [46-54°F] in the Spring and Summer, and at 15-18° [59-64°F] in the Autumn and Winter months.
Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby red in colour with aromas of rose, dusty earth, raspberry, peppery spice, pine forest and herbs. A savoury edge spotlights fresh raspberry and cherry dusted with crushed black peppercorn. Silky tannins and lively acidity accent wild strawberry on the dry, spice driven finish. Light yet muscular, easy drinking and easy to pair. [Paired with rich, creamy burrata.]
Grignolino d’Asti DOC
Bottled by Braida
$16 [average price]