The Amistà estate and winery in Nizza Monferrato is the latest project by Michele Marsiaj, which involved also Massimiliano Vivalda, a farmer who’s been surrounded by these vineyards since his birth. In 2009, Marsiaj started Ottosoldi with Stefano Moccagatta, owner of the Villa Sparina winery today, their Ottosoldi estate has become a renowned producer of white wines from the Gavi DOCG.
For centuries, Monferrato in Asti province (Piedmont) has been considered the best region for the production of wines made with 100% Barbera grapes. In 2014, with the creation of the Nizza Monferrato DOCG, the town of Nizza Monferrato was recognized as the appellation’s top subzone. Historically, the best Barbera has always come from the Nizza township, thanks to the zone’s limestone and sandstone soils. The new DOCG reaffirms what growers and wine lovers have known for generations: Barbera grown in Nizza can achieve an unrivaled elegance and depth in the category.
Farmed using green and Agriculture 4.0 practices, Amistà has already produced spectacular results thanks to the owners’ investment in production quality. Vineyard management and winemaking are overseen by Luca D’Attoma, one of Italy’s most in-demand consulting enologists, known for his deft hand at crafting highly rated wines. “Without a doubt,” says Marsiaj, “Luca was key to achieving our vision for this great wine.” Translated literally, the name Amistà is ancient Italian for friendship. But it also means much more: A “coming together” of like minds to create something greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s exactly what the Amistà project is.
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Amistà is made from Barbera grapes that have been grown in the variety’s spiritual homeland, Nizza commune in Monferrato, and vinified with the leading enologist, Luca D’Attoma. This compelling, focused, and highly nuanced expression of Barbera is sure to become a benchmark for the newly created Nizza appellation.