Wine BERA Piedmont Italy - Who we are
From “Historic Italian Wine-growers” by Luigi Veronelli, 1988.
Sisto is an old man but his brother Giuseppe is older than he is. He has smallish eyes and that reserved, stern awkwardness of a farmer. He is a man of the land, and from his land he has never moved. The hill is on the left of the road that runs from Neive to Neviglie and is completely covered with vineyards. Their residence is in the center and it also serves as the main office of the winery. Sisto looks over the estate and is proud. He is proud of Valter, a young high school graduate, who has inherited the large, beautiful, masculine hands of the family. Even though, unlike his father, he has large eyes that have been opened wide by the world, Valter seems astonished that anything exists outside the Langhe region on the right bank of the Tanaro. Before the war, the winery was a large and somewhat anonymous entity that grew and sold grapes. Over the years, quality improved and it started specializing in Moscato at the end of the 1970s…. Those who learned the lesson that nothing is easy where vineyards are concerned, won...
Azienda Agricola Bera, the Bera family farm, is in Piedmont, in the Langhe area between Alba and Asti on the road from Barbaresco and Neive that climbs up towards Neviglie. Here, countryside life is tied to a tradition that knows no boundaries, and does not even spare the forest spaces where the white truffle of Alba born. The winemaking tradition goes back centuries in the Bera family. But only at the end of the ‘70s did they start producing wines to bottle and sell with their own label.
The winemaking tradition goes back centuries in the Bera family
Today, the farm is spread over an area of 30 hectares, 23 of which are vineyards that also extend into the nearby towns. From the time of Luigi Veronelli’s description to the present, some things have changed: the vineyards and the varieties of the wines have grown, and the winery has been modernized. Also, with the passing of the winery to Valter and Alida, a new generation has joined the family azienda: Umberto and Riccardo. The basic philosophy is always to maintain utmost respect to the tradition of the territory and to every manufacturing practice. With a great passion and a great desire to make high quality wines, all phases of the work are followed directly, from the cultivation and crushing of the grapes, to the bottling. It is because of this hard work and passion that the winery has received important national and international awards. The family produces Moscato for the production of Asti and Moscato d’Asti, and Nebbiolo to make Barbaresco, Nebbiolo Langhe and the amazing Sassisto. But Valter and his two sons also look ahead. So while they continue to produce Dolcetto and Barbera to stay true to their territorial wines, they also produce Chardonnay and Pinot Nero for their unique and intriguing Alta Langa Bera Brut metodo classico.