26 Jun Winery of the Month – Fratelli Ponte
Where is it?
Grandfather Carlo Ponte built a small wine cellar to make wine from his Barbera vines at Bricco Ronchesio in the San Damiano d’Asti area. It’s here that the culture, passion and the art of winemaking has been passed on through the generations of the Ponte Family.
Who makes it?
The three third-generation Ponte sons today run the family business. Massimo, Ivan and Renato are typically out in the vineyards, working in the cellar or presenting wines in the tasting room or at wine events around the world.
How they make it?
Massimo, Ivan and Renato routinely have much of their time devoted to vineyard work as that’s where the real winemaking takes place. The work the soil, take care of weeding in the vineyards, prune the vines in the winter, manage the vines in the summer, thin the grape crop as necessary to obtain higher quality fruit and, of course, pick the grapes when the fruit is ripe. Brothers Ivan and Renato are trained enologists and they oversee the production and ageing of Fratelli Ponte wines in the winery. The vinification takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Wines requiring time in wood cooperage are racked into small and medium-sized oak barrels. They have a modern bottling line which allows us to bottle Fratelli Ponte wines in a clean and hygienic manner.
Why We Like it?
The Ponte winery is well below the radar of most Italian wine connoisseurs. No fancy cellar door – it’s a simple kitchen table in the home office. No fancy wines with outrageous price tags just fantastic value here.
Just great wines that are representative of the region!
Their Barbera d’Asti Superior is known as Barbera Levi as the label is one designed by the late, famous grappa producer Romano Levi of the little town of Neive. The wine is a medium bodied red that lacks the oak of the high scoring 95+ point Barbera’s in the various wine journals but sells at a realistic price and its a great accompaniment to sausages or a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.