Vittorio Bera e Figli | Organic estate in the Piemonte region of Italy. ‘Azienda Agricola Bera Vittorio was the first family vineyard to start bottling and marketing its own Moscato d’Asti in Canelli. In 1785 Giovanni Battista Bera bought land from the Community of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta,’ (Les Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011). Vittorio Bera took over here in 1964 and Gianluigi Bera and his wife Alessandra (I think) are now in charge.

Owner | Vittoria Bera et Figli, Alessandra Bera.

Vineyards | 2005 8ha (ICEA). | 2015 10ha.

Certification | 1964 Organic practices adopted. | 2003 First vintage (I think) will full organic certification. | 2005 Certified organic. | 2017 Still certified organic.

Terroir | The estate is located in in Sant’Antonio di Canelli (Regione Serra Masio), in the the Artesana hills in the (Moscato d’) Asti production area. There are 5ha of Moscato on steep, south-facing slopes (50-70% incline).

Winemaking | Natural winemaking.

Sparkling wines

Moscato d’Asti DOCG | NV Nice clean, soft Muscat Canelli, well made, decent soft fizz and length too, worth seeing at Millésime Bio 2006. | NV Sweet-tasting and vigorous at the Real Wine Fair, London Tuesday 22nd May 2012.

White wines

Arcese Bianco | A field blend of three Piemontese indigenous white grape varieties: Favorita, Arneis and Cortese. | 2004 Vino da Tavolo Bianco Cortese, Arneis, Favorita. 100% MLF. Lees aged. Nice lemon fruit, well made, mid-weight, complex and clean, good at Millésime Bio 2006. | 2009 Vino da Tavolo Bianco Musky and soft at the Natural Wine Fair 2011. | 2010 Vino da Tavolo Bianco Musky and soft at the Real Wine Fair 2012. | 2015 Lees aged in tank. Clean and clear at the Real Wine Fair 2017.

Red wines

Barbera d’Asti DOCG, Ronco Malo | 2003 Some raisin and some MLF, shame as quite rich at Millésime Bio 2006. | 2013 30 months in concrete tanks. Dry but decent tannins at the the Real Wine Fair 2016. Now showing some brett at the Real Wine Fair 2017

Ronco Matto | Grignolino. Calcareous soils. 0.3ha. Macerates in cement. Starts fermenting. Bottled in June. 10g-l residual sugar.

Barbera del Monferrato DOC, Le Verrane | Fermented in cement tank. MLF in bottle apparently, so can have a slight prickle. Unfiltered, is true to type with varietal notes of mulberry, cherry-soda, balsam and mint and faint traces of liquorice on a palate that drives all the way. ‘This unpredictable red is a party in glass, vinous space dust. It is frivolously serious with a charming bitter-sour contrariness guaranteed to offend the techno-squeakers, nit-pickers and fault-fetishists,’ (Les Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011). | 2009 Nice menthol at the Natural Wine Fair 2011. | 2012 Very fizzy; shame as nice fruit at the Real Wine Fair 2016.

Monferrato Dolcetto DOC, Bricco della Serra | 2003 Nice wild berries, soft tannins and integrated alcohol, nice style at Millésime Bio 2006.

Flor wines

Bianchdudui | 2000 Moscato Bianco (di Canelli). 6,000 bottles. Supposed (I think) to be a flor-aged Moscato d’Asti. Picked, pressed, settled, clarified, racked. Left to ferment for 2 years in concrete. Wild ferment. Aged under flor for 16 years. Bone dry. Rich, soft fruit plus flor notes  at the Real Wine Fair 2017.

Contact

Azienda Agricola Bera Vittorio

Regione Serra Masio, 21

I-14053 Canelli (AT = Asti), Italy

Tel+39 0141.831157

Bibliography

Millésime Bio, annual organic wine fair.

Monty Waldin, Biodynamic Wine (Infinite Ideas, 2016).

Natural Wine Fair 2011, Borough Market 15-17 May.

RAW 2012, London Monday 21st May.

RAW 2015, London Monday 17-18th May.

Real Wine Fair 2102, London Tuesday 22nd May.

Real Wine Fair 2016, Tobacco Dock, London 17-18th April.

Real Wine Fair 2017, Tobacco Dock, London 7-8th May.