A Consortium for 10 D.O.C. e D.O.C.G. wines
The importance of Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato in the local, national and international contexts is remarkable in terms of production area and DOC and DOCG wines represented.
Its activity involves an area which can boast a hundred years of tradition and excellence in wine production and it currently has 175 members representing all the components of the production process: wine estates, cooperative wineries and bottling companies.
The Consortium safeguards the DOCG wines Barbera d’Asti and Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato and the DOC wines Albugnano , Barbera del Monferrato, Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato, Dolcetto d’Asti, Freisa d’Asti, Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Monferrato and Piemonte.
Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato has obtained the ministerial recognition to manage, protect and promote the above mentioned wines under the art. 17 par. 1 and 4 of Legislative Decree 61/2010 with authorisation by Ministerial Decrees dated 8 October 2012 (Official Gazette of the Italian Republic 22/10/2012) and 31 October 2012 (Official Gazette of the Italian Republic 20/11/2012).
Protect, enhance and act
Following ministerial recognition, the Consortium is the only official collective management and coordination body for the above mentioned DOC and DOCG wines, open to all users. It shall perform every possible action to “safeguard and promote, inform and take care of the pertinent interests”, and carry out any further activity and/or function assigned, delegated or allowed by the law in force.
IThe Consortium is regulated by the dispositions of Legislative Decree 61/2010, Ministerial Decree 16.12.2010 and its articles of association.
The finalities and tasks of the Consortium consist in:
defending, promoting and improving the image and the knowledge of the wines safeguarded, both in Italy and abroad;
proposals to review production regulations to fit new production needs i.e. with respect to production areas, viticultural and oenological practices, presentation and release for consumption;
managing the wine production and defining the policies that regulate supply, in order to safeguard the product quality and better coordinate the release into the market;
vigilance over the markets and check of the correspondence of the wines with the provisions of the production regulations, in collaboration with the local and national authorities responsible for monitoring the observance of the laws and production regulations;
vigilance over the use of the name of the wines with protected denomination of origin, issue of authorisations and legal action in the case of improper uses;
promoting and performing studies and initiatives in viticulture, enology and marketing aimed at improving production and marketing of the wines;
the provision of information and assistance to consortium members with regard to the fulfilment of legislative standards and regulations in force;
promoting agreements and collaboration with other economic operators, authorities, bodies specific to the sector and the production line and institutions.
Directions for the future
FILIPPO MOBRICI is the new President of the Consortium for the 2014-2016 triennium. Graduated in agronomy, Mobrici is the viticulture manager of the Bersano Vini estates, a historic winery in Nizza Monferrato, since 1997. Along with his knowledge in grape-growing, he has an extensive experience in wine tasting that he puts to good use by taking part to the tasting commissions for the doc and docg certifications. For the future, the new President intends to pursue the same direction as his predecessor in protecting and promoting the wines represented by the Consortium.
The building which is home to the Consorzio Barbera d'Asti e Vini del Monferrato Districts has been declared “of historical interest” by the Superintendence for environmental and architectural assets of Piedmont.
The origins of the building date back to the Middle Ages and its was rebuilt near the old Castle between the 12th and 14th century.
It was once the fortified home of the Visconti family when they – starting in 1342 and with Luchino Visconti, Galeazzo Visconti and Valentina Visconti, who married Louis de Valois, duke of Orleans and brother of the King of France in 1389– dominated Asti, the communes and neighbouring castles.
Renovated in the 18th century, with the introduction of Baroque elements, it was then recuperated and restructured between 1980 and 1990. During this recent work a old parchment scroll was found, bearing a deed of sale written in Gothic script, stating that the house, located “… coram Sancto Silvestro … anno domini 1168 … foro Sancti secondi …”, was sold, before the City Council, by “… Carassio” to a certain “Berardo Isnardi …”..
Thanks to Barbera
Barbera, referred to in the feminine form in accordance with local custom, is undoubtedly the mother of all Piedmont reds and the most important in terms of quantity and varieties produced. Linked with old farming traditions, it has succeeded in evolving to satisfy new market demands, achieving considerable success both in Italy and abroad.
It seems that the grape variety was cultivated way back in the Middle Ages in the Asti and Alessandria areas, where it found its ideal habitat and where it is currently used to make the DOC wines Barbera d’Asti, Barbera del Monferrato and Piemonte Barbera.
To gain an idea of the importance of Barbera, just think that the d’Asti denomination alone involves 118 municipalities in the province of Asti and 51 in the province of Alessandria, with an annual production of 25 million litres of wine, while the “del Monferrato” denomination is made in 99 municipalities in the province of Alessandria and 118 in the province of Asti, with 13 million litres of wine a year.
People and roles
Filippo Mobrici, agronomist, viticultural manager at the Bersano Vini estate in Nizza Monferrato.
Lorenzo Giordano, oenologist and President at the Cantina Sociale di Vinchio e Vaglio Serra;
Stefano Chiarlo, oenologist and owner of the Michele Chiarlo wine estate in Calamandrana.
is made up of President, Vice presidents and Councillors Enzo Gerbi, oenologist and Director at the Cantina Sociale Barbera dei Sei Castelli in Agliano Terme; Luigi Dezzani, oenologist of the homonymous wine estate in Cocconato, Elio Pescarmona, oenologist and Director at the Cantina Tre Secoli in Mombaruzzo; Giorgio Gozzellino, oenologist at the Cascina Castelt wine estate in Costigliole d’Asti; Vitalino Maccario, owner of the Pico Maccario wine estate in Mombaruzzo; Giovanno Marchisio oenologist at the Manfredi winery in Farigliano.
Board of Directors:
31 entrepreneurs representing all the denominations of origin and the production component.
one commission for each DOC, appointed by the Board of Directors, provides advice and proposals on technical and economic matters, development and promotion.