Piemonte

Winery La Meridiana

Piemonte

Tenuta La Meridiana, owned by Bianco Family, is located a few miles south of Asti, in the Monferrato, one of the best winemaking areas in Piedmont. The hills of the Monferrato are considered the best location to grow Barbera, therefore the wine made in this region develops character and complexity impossible to imitate. 

Our vineyards are all trained with the Guyot system, the most typical in Piedmont region, and they are carefully positioned respecting south-east, south and south-west exposure. The soil is made of a unique composition of clay, limestone, marl and tufo, and together with the particular micro-climate of the Monferrato and its tall steep hills, provides the healthy grapes for our Barbera single vineyard.

At Tenuta La Meridiana, everything follows the natural course of time and the total respect of tradition and mother nature. 

We strongly believe that grape growing and wine making is not a recipe. On the contrary it is a careful interpretation of each season and each harvest. Observing and acting accordingly is the real secret of true craft wines. 

"Green harvest" (called "diradamento" in Italian) is done every July to reduce down the yield per acre from 20% to 50% depending on the vineyard and of the season. 

The perfectly mature and healthy grapes are then selected again during harvest, when we hand-pick only the best clusters for our Barbera d'Asti DOCG.

The wines of TENUTA LA MERIDIANA are the result of the constant effort to combine the unique character of the terroir with winemaking procedures that are always swinging between old traditional methods and modern technological techniques.

Our production is focused on Barbera which is the core of the Monferrato production. 

Depending on the terroir and the exposure of each vineyard, we use a different winemaking process to enhance the character of the Barbera grapes that arrive at the winery. Old fashion vinification in big cement vats and aging in big barrels for Barbera Vitis, Gagie and Bricco Sereno and modern vinification in temperature controlled still vats and aging in small French oak barrels for Barbera Terra e Cielo and Rivaia.