Boeri estate is located in a hamlet called Bionzo which belongs to the municipality of Costigliole d’Asti – a historical town in the province of Asti in the southern part of the Piemonte region. Costigliole d’Asti lies half way between the cities of Asti and Alba, the first one famous for its barbera and moscato, and the second for its white truffles. Only a few kilometers from Costigliole are the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco which are known for their homonymous wines.
In terms of winemaking areas, Boeri estate is positioned between the last hills of Monferrato and the first slopes of Langhe – a hilly area that is renowned for its breathtaking views, historical vineyards and natural beauty. Today Monferrato and Langhe are candidates for the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The history of Monferrato, the story goes, starts with Aleramo di Monferrato, a nobleman and a warrior, who had won a reputation of a “winegrower” among the Italian nobility. Aleramo’s origins were quite humble and his name gained fame only after he joined the army of Emperor Ottone I. Impressed by Aleramo’s valor on the battlefield, the emperor gave Aleramo the noble title of a Marchese and a piece of land. The size of this land was to be equal to a “marca”: an area whose circumference a horseman was able to cover in 3 days. And that is how Monferrato was born. The name itself most probably comes from monx ferrax – the fertile mountain.
Located in south Piemonte, Costigliole d’Asti is one of the most charming towns in the heart of the alto Monferrato area, just a stone throw from Langa Astigiana and Cuneese – an area renowned for winemaking, gastronomy and traditions to admire. The surroundings of Costigliole d’Asti are composed of a fertile valley that belongs to the river Tanaro and gentle hills that rise up to the 300 meters above sea level.
From their peaks one can admire a breathtaking vista which, when the sky is clear, features the Alps in the background. This area has been originally inhabited by Euburi- ates and Romans, who have left behind a significant architectural heritage, such as Castello di Costigliole which today is an important center of culture. Today the Castello di Costigliole is the home of ICIT (Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners) where cooks from all around the world study the secrets of Italian cuisine under the supervision of prestigious instructors. It is also the home of the Parco Culturale del Premio Grinzane Cavour (Cultural Park of the Grinzane Cavour Prize) where take place exhibitions, art shows & cultural events.
This land has been especially generous thanks to the closeness, which, millions years ago, extended over this area, making the soil very fertile. The uniqueness of this soil is demonstrated by the precious truffles that can be found in this area. In addition, this land is uniquely suitable for growing wine, and that is why Costigliole d’Asti has been named the Città del Vino, the city of wine – it is the town that has the most extensive vineyards in Piemonte within its municipal borders.
The economy of Costigliole d’Asti has been always strongly connected to the land, which is almost exclusively dedicated to vineyards. In this area operate more than 700 wine growing companies, many of which export abroad and have received international recognitions.
In Costigliole d’Asti one can find “Cantina dei Vini” which brings together more than 40 wine producers, from Costigliole and surroundings, and offers, in addition to wine a carefully selected set of grappas and local foods. The prime of place in the Cantina is given to barbera of which it features more than 80 types.
In November it organizes a special event dedicated to the most important wine of the area, the barbera. The event, “Barbera, il gusto del territorio”, is focused on comparative tasting of the best barberas from Piemonte.
Costigliole d’Asti and its surroundings have a very rich wine and food traditions. In and around the town itself, more than 12 wines are produced.
From the Barbera grape are produced:
In addition, in the Costigliole d’Asti are produced several other red wines:
White wines produced in Costigliole d’Asti are:
Costigliole has so much to offer: history, art, culture, traditions, wines, and last but not least, local culinary traditions. In addition to white truffles, this area offers some unique gastronomic delights such as Peperone Quadrato d’Asti, which is a bell pepper that is very appreciated for its consistency and versatility by chefs and gourmets around the world.
Traditional dishes of this area include vitello tonnato (veal with a special creamy sauce), insalata di carne cruda battuta al coltello (a special meat tartar), peperoni in bagna càuda (bell peppers in warm sauce), salumi e cotechini (cured meats and salamis), fritto misto alla piemontese (mixed fried bits), finanziera, ravioli con il plin (ravioli with a special meat stuffing), tajarin (a type of tagliatelle), bolliti con bagnet (boiled meats with a green sauce), roasted meats, bunet al cioccolato (a chocolate desert), zabaione al moscato (zabaione with moscato wine), tirà and turcet.