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Vittorio Bera & Figli

Vittorio Bera & Figli

Vittorio Bera e Figli was the first family vineyard to start bottling and marketing its own Moscato d’Asti in Canelli, Piemonte.

The estate dates back to 1785, when the Bera's ancestors originally purchased some of the land from the Knights of Malta. The sweet, sparkling version called Asti Spumante was allegedly invented in 1870 as a bottle-fermented or méthode champenoise wine. But as its popularity spread after World War II, the production became a commercially driven one, relying on poor fruit, tank fermentation, various additives and mechanical means to generate vast quantities to be marketed worldwide. Asti Spumante was nonetheless granted DOCG status by the Italian government in 1993.

Moscato d’Asti had arisen quietly alongside its older “sibling” Asti Spumante: a sweet wine as well, but one with less alcohol (5.5% maximum), more sugar, and lower pressure, thus of a more fizzy than truly bubbly nature (created by stopping the first fermentation in tank earlier in the process). It quickly became a commercial product as well, also blessed with DOCG classification. But growing and making quality Moscato wines rather than vast quantities of it was Bera’s mission from its beginning as a modern wine estate.

Bera bottled its first Moscato d’Asti in 1964 from estate vines in Sant’Antonio di Canelli, the ancient heart of Moscato country. Bera has always been different than it's neighbours who often made Moscato as an afterthought. While they now grow Barbera and Dolcetto, the focus has always been on Moscato d’Asti—and they grow only the finest variety of it, Muscat à Petits Grains. They have also always farmed organically, without chemicals and with an emphasis on maintaining biodiversity; today the estate is certified organic. Grasses, legumes, herbs and wildflowers grow without being seeded between the rows. Yields are kept quite low and harvest is by hand into small bins.

Fermentation is always spontaneous and without temperature control; the wine is not stabilized or filtered; and sulfur use is very low. This is incredibly unusual and contributes to a wine that is in a whole other league. There is a striking richness of flavor and texture with incredible complexity. 

Today Bera farms 10 hectares of vines on steep slopes ranging from 50 to 70% incline. The soils are calcareous, having originated as ancient ocean beds. The microclimate is warm and windy, with moderate temperatures, humidity and rainfall; summer hail is frequent but rarely violent. Cover crops grow wild between the vines and the soils are actively worked.

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