Cantine Povero

Belvive

Four generations of Povero family wisdom unite to create a beautifully unstoppable force in the heart of Piedmont. Since 1837 the Povero family has inhabited the land in Cisterna d’Asti and, beginning with the first vine plantings in 1964, they have slowly and strategically purchased and cultivated vineyards in all three of the Roero, Langhe, and Monferrato appellations. Their 45 hectares of vineyards sit around 320 meters in elevation and bask in the direct northern Italian sun. Their prime location in Cisterna d’Asti affords them a unique versatility in producing an exciting range of wines. Cantine Povero is undoubtedly a family affair, currently managed by Alessio Povero, the third generation to run the estate, aided by siblings. Grandfather Tumlin planted the first vines in 1964 and it feels as though he still lives through them today. His children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren feel his wisdom, traditions, and lessons every day, even as Cantine Povero adopts modern technologies in their winemaking. They hold firmly to classical roots though, specifically in their rigorous adherence to natural, environmentally friendly technologies and winemaking techniques. Among the many lessons of Grandfather Tumlin was the emphasis on humble respect for the land--Alessio, his siblings, and his children all understand the importance of a firm but patient hand when cultivating their vineyards. They believe in “responsible intervention, which one has for something or someone that is thoroughly loved.”

Tasting Notes

This wine is less about thinking and more about drinking. Bright and fun flavors on the nose lead you to either drink it like any great sparkling wine or if so inclined, feel free to blend it with your favorite OJ or Peach Juice for a brunch cocktail that everyone will be happy with (including your wallet).


Cultivation

Espalier cultivation with guyot vine training, 9000 kg/ha yield, and manual harvest.


Vinification

Soft pressing of the grapes and fermentation at controlled temperature of 16-18°C. Refermentation in pressure tanks until about 5.2 BAR.


Aging

2 years

VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

ABV

11.5%

ALTITUDE

240 meters

SOIL

Sandy and clayley

PHILOSOPHY

Traditional

AVERAGE AGE

15 years

ANNUAL PRODUCTION

120,000 btls

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