Welcome to the latest installment of our series highlighting the wineries and producers that craft the wines for Tasting Room! We're excited to show you some behind-the-scenes photos and give you a peek at how some of our immensely charming Italian wines are made at Cascina Barisél in northern Italy.
Cascina Barisél was purchased in 1965 by Enrico Penna, who began growing grapes on the land immediately. Over the next few years, Penna's two sons began helping him in the vineyard, and the 5 hectare estate underwent reconstruction. The south-facing vineyard was carefully restructured and the cellar remodeled with temperature-controlled fermentation tanks.
By 1985, Erico's son, Franco, was in charge of the grapegrowing, and wine was being bottled. The sun-drenched, hilly vineyards sit atop the hills of Monferrato, recently recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The limestone composition of the soil contributes to the terroir-driven nature of the wines, and no chemical fertilizers or insecticides are used in the winemaking process.
You can taste Cascina Barisél's wines for yourself; the 2016 Andiamo Ragazzi Barbera d'Asti DOCG is on sale now at Tasting Room. Featuring cherry, leather and dried herb flavors balanced by a cranberry-like acidity, the medium-bodied wine is light on its feet and brimming with northern Italian sunshine.