100% Barbera from Malvirà’s San Michele vineyard where soils are dominated by calcareous clay. Up to and including the 2007 vintage, these wines were made from 90 year old vines before the vineyard was replanted in 2008. During fermentation, in stainless steel, the grapes were macerated on their skins for six weeks. The wine was then moved to 450L French oak casks (only 10% new) for 36 months.
Pairings: Wood roasted meats, truffle risotto, veal, lasagna,cream sauced pasta, braised vegetables, pork, mushrooms, pasta with ragout, roasts,
game and medium aged cheeses
Our winery began its production in the 1950's under the guidance of Giuseppe Damonte. Giuseppe was a visionary, understanding that in the 50's, the Roero had not yet maximized its vineyard and thus grape-growing potential. Today the estate is run by Massimo and Roberto Damonte, Guiseppe’s sons, who inherited their father’s passion for winemaking.
Despite constant growth in production and exposure to new markets, the winery still is a family business. Malvira benefits directly from the involvement of Federica and Patrizia Damonte, the wives of Massimo and Roberto-Patrizia runs a 13 room luxury hotel and restaurant on the property.
Currently, the two brothers split the responsibilities, Massimo managing the vineyards and Roberto in the cellar. Giacomo, Roberto and Patrizia’s son, is also part of the family business. To date, he attends the enology school in Alba, with plans to continue the family business into the new generation.
Massimo's children are Lucia, Francesco and Pietro, and are currently attending elementary school. The family and staff members at Malvira are a passionate group, living off the collaborations and enthusiasm from each other. Above all, each member of the Malvira "family" has a primary idea to make wines that transcend the Roero area in its purest and most elegant form.