Tenuta Garetto farm, situated in Agliano municipality, was established at the beginning of the last century when vineyards, damaged by grape phylloxera, needed to be renewed. Old plantings were almost all replaced. Agliano area, during the first decades of the Italian Kingdom, already belonged to the so-called "Barbera d'Asti golden triangle" between Tanaro and Belbo rivers (including Montegrosso, Costiglione, Agliano, Castelnuovo Calcea, Vinchio municipalities and neighbouring villages, as far as Nizza southwards and Asti northwards), where Barbera grape was grown almost unmixed; in other areas, on the contrary, it was farmers' practice to rotate other grapevine species.
Obviously, at that time, grape, and therefore wine production, was intended for the local market, mainly for taverns and self-consumption. After years and generation changing, Barbera wine also reached "distant" markets (Turin, Milan, Genoa, etc.), where it was highly appreciated.
Meanwhile, during the '50s and '60s, the actual owner's grandfather and father started producing the first bottles of wine. Barbera wine was changing, from a simple drink for taverns it became "something more". The development was obviously characterized by the gradual increasing of under vine areas, in order to manage at best end-product quality. With the present generation, in the person of Mr. Alessandro Garetto, vine-oenological production swerved towards the new concept of quality, optimizing all Barbera vine variety potentialities.
Our vineyard age varies from 60-70 years to 2 years old (new plantings). The area under vine is 80% Barbera vine variety, 20% Dolcetto, Grignolino and Chardonney vine varieties.
Vineyard density is about 4500 vines per hectare, espalier arranged according to Piedmontese vine traditional system, Guyot pruning. Great care is taken over vineyard cultivation in order to get Tenuta Garetto's valuable wines, such as "Favà" and "In Pectore". It takes much time in vineyards, in order to have good phytosanitary conditions and to reduce the production for grape proper concentration.
Nowadays, Tenuta Garetto farm is present on the global market with its 100.000 bottles and Alessandro Garetto's goal is TO IMPROVE MORE AND MORE.
In a cosy and elegant setting, you will taste our wines under the guidance of skilled and professional persons.
Garetto family welcomes you and organizes guided tasting events. If you want to fix an appointment at our estate, you can phone us or send an e-mail message.
Here you can see where our wines, fruit of our labour and commitment, are produced, enjoying a pleasure trip to Agliano Terme hills as well.