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Producer Spotlight: Tenuta Ronzano

Welcome to the latest installment of our series highlighting the wineries and producers that craft the wines for Lot18 and Tasting Room! We're excited to show you some behind-the-scenes photos and give you a peek at how our Barbera d'Asti is made at the family-owned Tenuta Ronzano in the hills of Costigliole d'Asti.

Tenuta Ronzano has been a family farm since the 1940s, when Renato Ronzano began using the land to grow grapes and make wine. A few years later, Renato began bottling his wine in bulk and selling it to customers around the world with the help of his son, Giovanni. Today, Giovanni's three grown children work hard to respect the fruit of the land and link tradition with the pursuit of quality. The vineyards, situated on the hill next to the winery in Costigliole d'Asti, grow mostly Barbera, the signature grape of Asti.

In addition to making wine, the family raises 300 heads of Piedmontese cattle and cultivates white truffles, which has always grown on the land. An on-site butcher turns the meat into everything from salume to beef tartare, ensuring that the quality is up to exacting standards. The truffles grow in the woods of the Langhe that extend from Alba to Monferrato. They are hunted down every season by Giovanni, his son, Marco, and their trusty tabui (truffle dog).

You can taste the fruits of Tenuto Ronzano for yourself; the 2015 Tenuta Ronzano Barbera d'Asti is on sale now at Lot18.com, and it's a deliciously earthy red that features blackberry, black cherry and chestnut flavors, tinged with savory nuances of olive and leather.