Bera and Revello Masterclass
Bera are a rising star emerging out of the Barbaresco zone at Neviglie. Like so many their wine-making journey (they had in fact grown and sold grapes for a century) only started in the late 1970s when Valter came home from oenology school and took over the family estate. Now a new generation has joined the family azienda: Umberto and Riccardo. There, they assist the family in production of a full suite of Piemonte flavours including excellent Moscato, Brachetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo in the form of “Langhe” DOC and Barbaresco.
In the winery the production (Barbaresco) remains simple, honest and traditionalist with long macerations, large neutral oak and low intervention. The aim of expressing the earth and the air is at the heart of what makes Bera tick. Today, the farm is spread over an area of 30 hectares, 23 of which are vineyards in neighbouring towns including the cru’s of Serraboella, Rabaja and Basarin.
Currently the production is limited with each cru vinified from a single botti holding around one hectare’s worth of juice. While traditionally centred around Moscato d’Asti the Barolos are quickly proving themselves to be sort after bottlings.
Revello on the other hand hails from the other side of the Tanaro and the La Morra commune. They are highly regarded producers of modern-style Barolo but not to the detriment of the terroir and practice a pragmatic use of oak.
Brothers Lorenzo and Carlo are the second generation of the Revello family taking over the running of the estate in 1990. Shortly after, with Elio Altare as mentor, they have slowly been improving the consistency and quality of the wines. In the subsequent decade following, the brothers moved to bottling all their crus separately.
In 2016 they divide the property into two estates: each one has approximately 50% of the vineyards. The wines however all come under the Fratelli Ravello label with access to some of the best cru’s in La Morra; Giachini, Rocche dell’Annunziata, Conca dell’Annunziata and Gattera as well as Cerretta in Serralunga.
Ultimately, both producers seek pure expressions of both the Nebbiolo grape and the terroirs of Barolo and Barbaresco. Always seeking to improve the quality year on year the next generation is keen to firmly put their stamp on the region and their wines.