La Colombera

Elisa (known as the Queen of Timorasso), along with her father and brother, own and operate this 22-hectare estate in Tortona. The family has been farming the land since 1937 and the first vines were planted in the 50's (to provide for the family's wine consumption). Decades later, grapes would be sold until eventually, Piercarlo (Elisa's dad) started bottling himself.

 

In 1998, La Colombera was established and two years later, they harvested their first Timorasso. At the time, they were one of just five offering this wine. Other quality wines are produced, but there is no doubt that Timorasso is the reason for being and principal focus for La Colombera. Farming is uncertified organic. Elisa is an intense student of the grape and the terroir, and happy to share her knowledge.

 

Visiting here is most enjoyable. Aside from Elisa's energy, enthusiasm and good-nature, the Cantine is a cross between general store and museum. They make a slew of condiments, jams, nuts and all things edible and these are interspersed with barrels and winemaking paraphernalia.

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