Buon Natale Italian Christmas
In 1954, in the village of Castel Boglione in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, don Carlo Montrucchio and a group of 50 wine producers founded a cooperative society called the Antica Contea di Castelvero, the ancient name of Castel Boglione. This is still the current headquarters of the Araldica Group, makers of Italian Christmas Wine, along with several premium Italian wines.
The goal of the cooperative was, and still is, to add value to its members’ labor by sharing their experience, resources, and ideas. Quality Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, and Moscato grapes are sourced from a range of private growers and cooperatives to make the three varieties of Italian Christmas Wine.
Today, all areas of production, from grape selection through to vinification, maturation, blending, and bottling are meticulously overseen by the husband-and-wife winemaking team of Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese.
The extensive vineyard, situated on land listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers 900 hectares in parts of Monferrato, Langhe, and Roero. Grapes are cultivated by 140 associates of the cooperative. In the mid-1980s, Araldica invested in new technologies and modern quality control systems.