Luigi Spertino

 Mauro Spertino – Luigi Spertino, Mombercelli

Mombercelli is the small village in Asti where Luigi, Mauros great grandfather started to make wines in the end of the 19:th century. In 1977 Mauros father, also named Luigi took over from his father Andrea, and in 1978 he started to bottle all their wines under their own label, which had been sold in bulk until then.

Mauro has been working with the vines and in the winery with his parents as long as he can remember, and is now the one that’s responsible for both the production. His parents are still around, but are enjoying a slower pace today, they are both over 80 years old. They have 11 hectares up on the steep east and north-east facing slope just above their house. The vineyards are all planted by Mauros parents, and it’s Grignolino, Barbera and Cortese.

The cellar is situated under the house where Mauros parents still lives. Apart from their wines, they also produce a white Vermouth ‘Belle Epoque’ that is an old recipe that Luigi started to produce again 30 years ago

Their Grignolino is extra-light red, juicy and elegant but with both depth and structure, the Barbera combines a lot of fruit and classical structure with elegance and also high drinkability. The white is mineral and structured with nice depth. The Vermouth is herbal, spicy with well-balanced sweetness and acidity.

2015 Cortese
Soil: Clay, sand and limestone
Grape: Cortese
Appellation: IGT
Age of Vines: 35 years
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed then fermented for 10 days with the skins in stainless steel, before gentle pressing and then continuing aging in stainless steel for 16 months.


2016 Grignolino
Soil: Clay, sand and limestone
Grape: Grignolino
Appellation: Grignolino d’Asti DOCG
Age of Vines: 40 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed then fermented for 20 days with the skins in stainless steel tanks, before gentle pressing and then continuing aging on stainless steel until bottling in April 2017.


2015 Barbera
Soil: Clay, sand and limestone
Grape: Barbera
Appellation: Barbera d’Asti DOCG
Age of Vines: 14-40 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemmed then fermented for 25 days with the skins in stainless steel tanks, before gentle pressing and then continuing aging on old oak until bottling in spring 2017.


Belle Epoque Vermouth

Made from their Cortese wine, which is mixed with infused alcohol (very secret recipe) and sugar. This recipe is inspired by the Belle Epoque period – therefore the name. Luigi started produce this 30 years ago after finding this original 19th century recipe.