A family affair: a simple definition is sufficient to bring various elements in the life of the Bolognas back to the dynamics of the most typical Italian spirit. The vineyard is a family business, cultivated by Giuseppe Bologna, handed over to his son Giacomo and, today, to his grandchildren Raffaella and Giuseppe. The background is a family business as well: Rocchetta Tanaro is the place, made of ten vineyards, six houses and a church; a family business is the passion for the elastic ball of Grandpa Giuseppe Bologna and the resemblance to a sportsman of that time that gave him the nickname of Braida, handed down to his son Giacomo and acquired almost like part of the surname; finally, it is a family business the Barbera grape, the symbol of Asti and Rocchetta Tanaro, brought to the international stages and ennobled in the eyes of the most skeptical tasters by various family dynamics. The Bolognas are a true wine family today associated with the Barbera and its most diverse expressions – from the lightest and most easy-going to the most complex and refined – continuing to offer excellent productions based on techniques that are certainly accepted today but which, once upon a time, in early eighties, were truly revolutionary. The first to bet on the evolution of Barbera when aged in wood (specifically barrique, a solution very little known even among the most successful Italian winemakers) was Giacomo Bologna, proposing the Bricco dell’Uccellone in the distant 1982 and rigth after two additional leading reserves such as Bricco della Bigotta and Ai Suma, all produced only when worth, in the best vintages, and characterized by surprising success far beyond national borders. During these years Barbera moves away from being a convivial wine, often drink in taverns, to a wine with a potential for ageing and nobility: exclusive merit goes to Giacomo Bologna, his resourcefulness and initiative, his sociability and also happiness, because the story of Bolognas is the one of a happy wine family, a direct reflection of the vivacity and lightness of their main grape variety. A beautiful story carried on even today with the same lightness in living life but also with a lot of discipline, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, thanking to strong roots in the Asti area, to the enhancement of native productions and to a recent past that makes Braida a winery that everyone likes.