Visit the cellar

An experience to discover wine: from the vineyard to the bottle, guided by the producer

Follow the steps of production and taste the product of our work at the end of the tour.

Whether you are a passionate taster, a tourist or a simple gourmand, discover with us the secrets of the great wines of the Langhe.

Visit to the vineyards

The tour starts from the large courtyard, up the steep slope of the hill of Moncucco. Here we will guide you to the discovery of our oldest vineyard, illustrating the difficulties of manual work and harvesting.

You will see a lush vineyard surrounded by fertile vegetation. A vineyard in which man does nothing but support the beauty that already exists.

This is the main pride of Cascina Fontanette: the splendour narrated by Cesare Pavese, the magical “Hill of the South Seas”, mother of excellent grapes and incomparable wines.

We will respond with passion to your questions and, after a break under the secular fig tree that shades the hill, we will show you the most recent vineyards explaining every detail of the production.

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Vinification

The visit will then continue in the winemaking and aging rooms, located on two floors, where we will explain you the operation of the various machines.

Between the cold room and the wine press, we will show you the stages of vinification from the arrival of the grapes in the cellar to bottling. When not in use, we will show you their interior to help you understand the mechanism of operation.

The cellar

From here we will move to the cellar where you can see our barrels, that are now made only in steel and fiberglass, but soon supplemented by some barrique.

We will tell you about the timing of the wine and the needs of the individual varieties, and then show you the bottling and labelling system.

Along the way there will be stories, both beautiful and ugly, that in many years of work have left an indelible mark on our cellar.

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The tasting

…and after discovering the wine making process, it is now time to taste it!

At the end of the tour it will finally be time to sit down in the recently renovated tasting room, with two large wooden tables and an elegant and warm look, perfect to be enjoyed with wine and company.

You can then choose which wines to taste, according to your personal tastes or to the interest generated by the various explanations.

You will be guided in the tasting to better recognize the characteristics of the different products. You can choose between three types of tasting.

Reduced — 10€/person

3 WINES to choose among the basic ones.

RECOMMENDED WINES:

  • Brut
  • Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
  • Barbera d’Asti DOCG

Reduced — 10€/person

3 WINES to choose among the basic ones.

RECOMMENDED WINES:

  • Brut
  • Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
  • Barbera d’Asti DOCG

Full — 15€/person

5 WINES to choose among the basic ones.

RECOMMENDED WINES:

  • Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
  • Monferrato Rosso DOC
  • Moscato DOCG
  • Vino Bianco Vendemmia Tardiva (Passito)
  • Aromino Rosso Chinato

Premium — 25€/person

7 WINES to choose among the basic ones.

RECOMMENDED WINES:

  • Vino Spumante Brut
  • Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
  • Barbera d’Alba DOC
  • Barbera d’Asti DOC
  • Moscato d’Asti DOCG
  • Aromino Rosso Chinato
  • Vino Bianco Vendemmia Tardiva (Passito)

All types of tasting will be accompanied by a wide selection of local products such as tuma (a traditional Piedmont cow’s cheese), salami, lard and cugnà (a typical Langhe compote maked with mixed fruit, spices and nuts).

Where we are

We are just outside the centre of Santo Stefano Belbo, a small village on the border between Langhe and Roero, on the road to Costigliole d’Asti.

The town extends on the edge of the Langhe, on a hilly land, with the exception of the alluvial plain formed by the Belbo stream.

In the village there is the native house of Cesare Pavese, which has now become an important museum.

The winery is easy to reach and has a large internal car park where cars, coaches and campers can easily stop.

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What to see

in and around Santo Stefano Belbo

The Regional Wine Cellar of Moscato

It is located inside the spectacular castle of Mango, former summer residence of the Marquises of Busca, and it is dedicated to the protection of wines of Moscato grapes. Here you can taste and buy wines and typical products, but also walk in the beautiful garden of the castle.

Pian Castello di Neive

It is the highest and most panoramic part of the village of Neive, where once stood the medieval castle no longer visible in its integrity. From here you can enjoy an exceptional view of the fortified shelter from caseforti, which was intended to defend the castle.

Camo

Located on top of a hill at 471 meters above sea level and with only 240 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest villages in the Langhe. From here, on a clear day, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the vineyard valleys. On the first Sunday of August they celebrate the patron saint’s festival, which attracts the inhabitants with food and music.

The church of Coazzolo

A small church consecrated in the midst of nature, painted by the artist David Tremlett and inaugurated in June 2017. This brightly coloured building with an external surface area of 300 square metres is an unexpected spectacle in the heart of the Langhe.

A Pavesian itinerary in Santo Stefano Belbo

A 8 km romantic path through the places described by Cesare Pavese: vineyards, panoramic viewpoints and woods. It is accessible in any season.

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PETS: allowed. 

NUMBER OF PEOPLE: we can accommodate groups of up to 15 people.

SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Italian, English.

SELLING PRICES:
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ACCEPTED PAYMENTS METHOD: cash, bancomat, Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

OPENING HOURS: 9.00 – 12.00 | 14.00 – 18.00

PARKING: large, with the possibility of parking buses.