Bernabé Navarro

In the old bush vines of Alicante works naturist vigneron Rafa Bernabé. The white varieties are planted closer to the sea where they rely on it's cooling breezes whilst the red vines are found soaking up the sun further inland. Varieties are Moscatel, Merseguera, Garnacha Peluda and Monastrell. He harvests early, particularly for the white varieties in order to ensure freshness in the wines. In the winery, his methods are simple: no added yeasts and no added SO2 where possible.


The Bera family have farmed in the Langhe area of Piemonte since 1785. Their vineyard stretches between Alba and Asti on the road from Barbaresco and Neive that climbs up towards Neviglie and into nearby towns. Soils in the vineyard are heavy clay with limestone which lie on top of iron and galet. The vines have not been treated to chemical spray since the 90's (officially certified by Demeter in 2008). In the cellar vigneron Guilio Armani prefers long skin maceration and ageing in old oak barrels. S02 is never used throughout vinification- only a small amount at bottling.