Italy – L’Armangia

About the Winery

The winemaker’s family has lived in Canelli since at least as far back as the late 17th century. One hundred years later, his ancestors were the proud owners of a few vineyards on the hills surrounding the Sant’Antonio hamlet in Canelli, an area historically renowned for producing the best Moscato d’Asti. From 1850 on, the family started to make wine from their own grapes. Their wine was sold mostly in Italy and, thanks to Piedmontese emigrants, in Latin America, Brazil and Argentina. Over the years the farm gradually developed its wine business, partly producing the grapes in the family vineyards, partly buying them. On May 8, 1988, Ignazio Giovine set up his own brand new vine-growing business. At first he based himself on the ancient family vineyards and drew upon his ancestors’ extensive winemaking expertise to create his winery: L’armangia. In Piedmontese dialect, L’armangia means “turning the tables.” For Ignazio and his family, it was essential to bring the name of Canelli back to the same level of renown as the other famous wine cities. During the next few years they bought more land, devised new approaches, worked in both the vineyards and the winery, experimented, adjusted their techniques and tried again. In 1993, they felt they were ready to release their first two wines – two whites, Pratorotondo Chardonnay and EnnEEnnE Sauvignon Blanc. Two years later, they launched their Barbera d’Asti Superiore Titon and Moscato d’Asti; in 1999, Barbera d’Asti Vignali and Sopra Berruti.

The combination of soil and climate is as special as the oenological history of this area. Two unique grape varieties – Moscato bianco Canelli and Barbera – and a tradition of fine wines and food the whole world envies, go with a landscape worthy of UNESCO protection and unparalleled technological expertise. This is what Canelli and its surroundings stand for, this is what L’armangia – together with the many high-quality growers in this area – would like to show the world.

 

 

Wines

Moscato d’Asti

This wine is characterized by floral and fruity nuances: orange blossom, pears, golden apples, pineapple, moss and sage hues. A perfect match for biscuits, non-creamy pastry and fruit, it combines unexpectedly but successfully with fresh cold cuts and fermenting cheeses.


Barbera d’ Asti

Intense stone fruit, mostly cherries, strawberries, violets. Full bodied and tasty. Enjoyable acidity, light tannins but clear, softening with aging. They are perfect with local dishes, meats, and cheeses. Best with grilled red meat, charcuterie and cheese, soups and venison.  “89 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”


Chardonnay Pratorotondo

Dry white wine. 100% Chardonnay. Pale straw color increasing in intensity over time. Flowery scents with banana, honey and vanilla. Full-bodied and intense on the palate, never aggressive. 20% aged in oak vats. Ages well and will improve over time. Accompanies fish, shellfish, white meat, grilled meat and vegetables.   “87 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”


Chardonnay Robi & Robi

Dry white wine. 100% Chardonnay. Pale straw color increasing in intensity over time. Flowery scents with banana, honey and vanilla. Full-bodied and intense on the palate, never aggressive. 20% aged in oak vats. Ages well and will improve over time. Accompanies fish, shellfish, white meat, grilled meat and vegetables.   “90 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”

 Monferrato Pacifico

Dry red wine. Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Crimson red with purple tones and changing to garnet red after aging. The bouquet is remindful of stone fruit, violets, vanilla and almonds. Tasty and full-bodied, with balanced acidity. Oak aged for 10 months. Will age for 6-12 years. When young it harmonizes with red and grilled meat, later with game, roast and cheese.  “92 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”


Barbera d’Asti Superiore Titon

Dry red wine. 100% Barbera grapes. Crimson red with purple tones changing to garnet red after a few years of aging. The bouquet is remindful of stone fruits, violets and vanilla and almonds. Tasty and full-bodied with balanced acidity. Will age for 6-10 years. When young in harmonizes with red and grilled meat; later with game, roast and cheese.  “89 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”


Albarossa Macchiafarro

Dry red wine. 100% Albarossa grapes. Deep ruby red with purple tones changing to garnet red after a few years of aging. The bouquet is remindful of stone fruits, strawberries, plum and almonds. Tasty and full-bodied, occasionally crisp. Aged in a large oak cask for 14 months. When young, it harmonizes with red and grilled meat; later with game, roast and cheese.   “90 pts. I Vini di Veronelli in Italy”