Located, as its name suggests, at the foot of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland, Piedmont is the second largest of Italy’s 20 regions, after Sicily.
Recognized for its industry like Fiat in Turin, Piedmont is also one of the greatest regions in the world in terms of cuisine (don’t forget the white truffles from Alba!) and wine!
With 42 DOC and 17 DOCG, Piedmont has more wine appellations than any other Italian region. Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera but also Moscato or Dolcetto are demanded all over the world.
Braida has been created in 1961 by Giacomo Bologna. He became one of the first to use French-oak casks to vinify his best grapes –raising the overall quality from a traditional table Barbera to a fine wine.
In 1982, Braida di Bologna Giacomo launched Bricco dell’ Uccellone, a “Super Barbera”.
By planting with care and then ageing the wines in small, French oak barrels in order to compensate for Barbera’s lack of tannins, Bologna was able to create deeply flavourful, complex wines out of a variety normally considered to be an acidic filler.
Now, the children, Raffaella and Giuseppe, run the wine estate. They have made Braida one of the most respected wineries in Piedmont.