Goodbye to Piemonte – for now

Our final day took us east once more and the vineyards of the Alto Monferrato and the wonderful Marenco family based in Strevi.

I have been coming to this family owned winery run by three sisters, Michela, Doretta and Patrizia,  since 2006 and never cease to be uplifted by the wonderful welcome and hospitality that we receive.
Doretta hosted the start of our visit with walk through the old family buildings where we heard about the family estate and how her grandfather and father bought vineyards at a time when many people were leaving the countryside for the cities to find work. They now have 80 hectares and produce a wide portfolio of wines with their flagships Moscato d’Asti  and Brachetto d’Acqui supported by a mix of white and red wines including the lesser known Nascetta, Cariacalosi and Albarossa grapes.

We took a walk round their small museum before heading out to their Cascina Valtignosa – a beautiful set of buildings out in the vineyards with the most amazing views. This was our destination for lunch and where we met Michela. 
Lunch out in the vineyards is always a joyous affair. We drank Moscato d’Asti with freshly baked focaccia, sat under the shade of some wonderful trees and settled into a very relaxed afternoon of antipasti, ravioli, delicious cheeses and hazelnut cake, all washed down with a superb selection of their wines.

As ever, this was a truly wonderful finish to our tour. We headed off for the airport, and I am sure we were all determined to return!