A family-owned domain dating from 1758, situated in the Piedmont, in Canelli (25 km south of Asti), today it is run by Alessandra Bera and her brother Gianluigi. Following a long period of polyculture and self-sufficiency, the domain turned fully to wine-growing with Vittorio, the father of Alessandra and Gianluigi, who took over the domain in 1964. After briefly testing the new industrial methods of wine-growing in the 1960s, Vittorio returned to natural, to organic with a capital O.
Gianluigi joined his father on the family domain in 1982 after finishing his oenological studies in Alba, and was joined by his sister Alessandra in 1995. At that time, even though the vine itself was worked as naturally as possible, the cellar remained classic. The domain changed its methods after the chance visit of the “natural” generation from Beaujolais (Métras, Foillard, Thévenet, Lapierre…) and started increasingly to turn towards natural wines with the use of native yeasts and a significant reduction in sulphur use.
Today, the wine-growing area extends over almost 12 hectares, half of which sits adjacent to the domain. The rest is broken up over the surrounding 2 kilometres, with differing exposures. The vines have been organically certified since 2000. The countryside here is magnificent; superb green hills with the summits of the Alps in the background. The sea isn’t too far either (70 km)... The earth is made up in large part of marl, resting on a silt base with a touch of clay and sand.
Harvesting begins when (and only when) the grapes are ripe. They are harvested in 20kg crates. In the cellar, the reds are de-stemmed, unlike the whites.
If you want to discover a real Moscatto d’Asti or a Barbera d’Asti, you need to do so with the wines from the Domaine Béra! Whether it is red or white, the wines on offer are perfectly mastered, try them, be quick !