Braida

Braida

Piedmont

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.

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  • La Barbera è Giacomo Bologna e Giacomo Bologna è la Barbera, nel senso che deve la fortuna della bellissima azienda che ha creato a questo vigneto, portato alla massima espressione proprio dal Bricco dell’Uccellone.

    Storia singolare quella dell’Uccellone, soprannome dispregiativo dato a una donna che abitava su una collina vitata di proprietà a Rocchetta Tanaro e contraddistinta da un naso a becco d’uccello ed un vestiario scuro, monotono, per lo più nero: il soprannome si diffuse in paese e Giacomo Bologna, che in quanto a simpatia e scherzosità non era secondo a nessuno, trasse ispirazione nel lontano 1982 per la sua prima Barbera riserva affinata in barrique, la prima di una lunga serie fortunata che ha cambiato il destino di questo uvaggio a livello sia nazionale che oltre confine.

    Terreni a medio impasto tra sabbia ed argilla da cui si ottengono vini dallo spettro aromatico e gustativo intenso: è il terroir di Rocchetta Tanaro, nell’astigiano, dove insistono i vigneti di Braida a 160 metri di altezza ed esposizione Sud/Sud-Ovest.

    Rivoluzionaria l’intuizione di Giacomo Bologna legata all’uso della barrique per affinare la Barbera, esperimento mai effettuato in precedenza che ha cambiato completamente la resa di tale vitigno esaltandone il potenziale da invecchiamento.

    Certo, è sempre e comunque una Barbera e come tale dev’essere apprezzata: un vino conviviale, generoso, affabile ed affidabile, ma che sa esprimersi in modo ampio e complesso al degustatore più esigente, proponendo uno spettro variegato di sentori che spaziano dalla piccola frutta rossa alle spezie dolci, al sottobosco, a note balsamiche. Potrebbe ricordare vini piemontesi blasonati per un comportamento per certi versi austero e raffinato, di gran classe, ma ci piace pensare che, sotto sotto, vi sia comunque quella Barbera “monella” da cui tutto ebbe inizio.

    L’annata 2017 è stata caratterizzata da temperature molto elevate nel periodo estivo cha hanno seguito un meteo instabile in primavera, con gelate verso fine Aprile.

    Rese ridotte ma qualità molto elevata, il millesimo 2017 è sicuramente da collezione.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • Barbera is Giacomo Bologna and Giacomo Bologna is Barbera: he owes the fortune of the great winemaking company he created to this grape, brought to its maximum expression by the Bricco dell’Uccellone.

    A peculiar story the one of Uccellone: it was a derogatory nickname given to a woman who lived on a hill close to the vineyard of Rocchetta Tanaro, characterized by a bird’s beak nose and a dark, monotonous, black clothing: the nickname spread in the village and Giacomo Bologna, who was second to none in terms of sympathy and playfulness, took the inspiration back in 1982 to name his first Barbera Riserva aged in barrique, the first of a long successful series that changed the destiny of this grape nationwide and across the borders.

    Medium-textured soils with sand and clay able to deliver wines with an intense aromatic and gustatory spectrum: this is the terroir of Rocchetta Tanaro, close to Asti, where Braida’s vineyards are located at 160 meters above se alevel altitude facing South/South-West. It was Giacomo Bologna’s intuition the use of barriques to refine the Barbera, a first-time revolutionary experiment that completely changed this wine, enhancing its ageing potential.

    Of course, this is still a Barbera and it must be appreciated as such: a convivial, generous, affable and reliable wine which knows how to express itself in a broad an complex fashion for the most demanding taster, offering a wide spectrum of aromas ranging from red berries to sweet spices, to undergrowth and balsamic notes. It might recall other Piedmontese wines (and not only) for an austere, refined and classy behavior, but we find it hard not to think that, underneath it, there is still that“naughty”Barbera where all started. 2017 was not an easy year with very high temperatures in the summer following an unstable spring, with few frosts towards the end of April. Low yields but very high quality, the 2017 vintage is ready for to be collected, especially in large formats like Magnum and Double Magnum.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

  • Barbera is Giacomo Bologna and Giacomo Bologna is Barbera: he owes the fortune of the great winemaking company he created to this grape, brought to its maximum expression by the interpretation as a reserve and not as a young and ready-to-go wine. In line with the first and top famous reserve wine, the Bricco dell’Uccellone, also this label has a story behind it. It seems it was dedicted to a woman of traditional and religious customs, who lived near the Barbera vines in Rocchetta Tanaro: the dedication was not direct, however, but it followed certain grievances coming from Rome, delivered to Giacomo Bologna because of the embarrassment that Bricco dell’Uccellone generated to some Vatican high prelates particularly passionated about this wine due to the name. Hence the funny reaction, in the best Braida style: a change in cellar practices to differentiate this reserve wine and the identification of new name with a meaning quite distant from the previous.

    Medium-textured soils with sand and clay able to deliver wines with an intense aromatic and gustatory spectrum: this is the terroir of Rocchetta Tanaro, close to Asti, where Braida’s vineyards are located at 160 meters above se alevel altitude facing South/South-West. It was Giacomo Bologna’s intuition the use of barriques to refine the Barbera, a first-time revolutionary experiment that completely changed this wine, enhancing its ageing potential.

    Of course, this is still a Barbera and it must be appreciated as such: a convivial, generous, affable and reliable wine which knows how to express itself in a broad and complex fashion for the most demanding taster, offering a wide spectrum of aromas ranging from crisp red and purple fruits berries to sweet spices and to roasted and woody notes. It might recall other Piedmontese wines (and not only) for a strong, self-confident,serious and energic behavior, but we find it hard not to think that, underneath it, there is still that“naughty”Barbera where all started. 2017 was not an easy year with very high temperatures in the summer following an unstable spring, with few frosts towards the end of April. Low yields but very high quality, the 2017 vintage is ready for to be collected, especially in large formats like Magnum.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

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    Barbera is Giacomo Bologna and Giacomo Bologna is Barbera: he owes the fortune of the great winemaking company he created to this grape, brought to its maximum expression by the Bricco dell’Uccellone.

    A peculiar story the one of Uccellone: it was a derogatory nickname given to a woman who lived on a hill close to the vineyard of Rocchetta Tanaro, characterized by a bird’s beak nose and a dark, monotonous, black clothing: the nickname spread in the village and Giacomo Bologna, who was second to none in terms of sympathy and playfulness, took the inspiration back in 1982 to name his first Barbera Riserva aged in barrique, the first of a long successful series that changed the destiny of this grape nationwide and across the borders.

    Medium-textured soils with sand and clay able to deliver wines with an intense aromatic and gustatory spectrum: this is the terroir of Rocchetta Tanaro, close to Asti, where Braida’s vineyards are located at 160 meters above se alevel altitude facing South/South-West. It was Giacomo Bologna’s intuition the use of barriques to refine the Barbera, a first-time revolutionary experiment that completely changed this wine, enhancing its ageing potential.

    Of course, this is still a Barbera and it must be appreciated as such: a convivial, generous, affable and reliable wine which knows how to express itself in a broad an complex fashion for the most demanding taster, offering a wide spectrum of aromas ranging from red berries to sweet spices, to undergrowth and balsamic notes. It might recall other Piedmontese wines (and not only) for an austere, refined and classy behavior, but we find it hard not to think that, underneath it, there is still that“naughty”Barbera where all started. 2017 was not an easy year with very high temperatures in the summer following an unstable spring, with few frosts towards the end of April. Low yields but very high quality, the 2017 vintage is ready for to be collected, especially in large formats like Magnum and Double Magnum.

    AVAILABILITY: Out of stock

  • Barbera is Giacomo Bologna and Giacomo Bologna is Barbera: he owes the fortune of the great winemaking company he created to this grape, brought to its maximum expression by the interpretation as a reserve and not as a young and ready-to-go wine. Same as the two Briccoes, the Ai Suma Riserva has a history behind it, made up of a desire that arose in 1989, so few years after the release of the Briccoes, to experiment a late harvest of Barbera coming from the Rocchetta Tanaro vineyards. The decision was strongly criticized and opposed but it was not the first time for Giacomo Bologna to bring forward revolutionary ideas without stopping at the first criticism or difficulty. The idea then became action, was translated into wine and blessed with the words “Ai Suma” (here we are), producing only in those years of exceptional quality and really worth. Medium-textured soils with sand and clay able to deliver wines with an intense aromatic and gustatory spectrum: this is the terroir of Rocchetta Tanaro close to Asti, where Braida’s vineyards are located at 160 meters above sea level altitude facing South/South-West. It was Giacomo Bologna’s intuition the use of barriques to refine the Barbera, a first-time revolutionary experiment that completely changed this wine, enhancing its ageing potential.

    Of course, this is still a Barbera and it must be appreciated as such: a convivial, generous, affable and reliable wine which knows how to express itself in a broad and complex fashion for the most demanding taster, offering a wide spectrum of aromas ranging from berries to sweet and bitter spices and to cocoa. It might recall other Piedmontese wines (and not only) for a tenacious, proud and winning behavior, but we find it hard not to think that, underneath it, there is still that“naughty”Barbera where all started. 2017 was not an easy year with very high temperatures in the summer following an unstable spring, with few frosts towards the end of April. Low yields but very high quality, the 2017 vintage is ready for to be collected, especially in large formats like Magnum.

    AVAILABILITY: In stock

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