Monferrato wine region is a key segment within the larger wine region of Piedmont in the north-west of Italy. The Piedmont region also encompasses  the modern provinces of Alessandria and Asti, with a diverse and lengthy wine producing history.
The region is split by the river Tanaro. The northern part known as ‘Basso Monferrato’ - lies between the Tanaro and the Po Rivers, and has a mix of rolling hills and plains. The southern part - ‘Alto Monferrato’ rises from the banks of the Tanaro into the mountains of the Apennines and a river divide between Piedmont and Liguria. Monferrato is a respected wine district wthin Italy - and one of the most famous wine regions in the world, especially regarding its bold red wines and vibrant sparkling wines.

 

The regions varied but ideal climate results in wines that are not only a source of economic wealth for the region - but also a symbol of the culture and tradition in Monferrato.
The continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters combined with well-drained, tufo (volcanic) soils contribute to excellent growing conditions and grape balance. Monferrato received DOC status in 1994 with controls that may seem relax compared to other areas. Indigenous varietals are allowed to be blended with international grapes, with the condition that single varietal releases must be at least 85% of the main grape on the label.
Due to the widespread propagation of indigenous grape varietals and a wide variety of wines, which include: (11 DOC’s and 7 DOCG’s), the most famous are, Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti, Cortese, Malvasia, Moscato, Barbera, Freisa, Brachetto and Grignolino.
Red wines can contain the local Piedmont varietals blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and even Pinot Noir. Cortese is the most popular white varietal in white wines, which can also contain Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Barbera del Monferrato DOC is also produced within the region, as is its DOCG Barbera del Monferrato Superiore, which requires 6 months of barrel age and a minimum 14 months of aging before release. The traditional cuisine of Monferrato in addition to the award-winning wines includes a wide variety of dishes ranging from: meat, fish, vegetables, truffles, cheeses and typical dishes, which have achieved a well deserved reputation internationally.