Valter Bera’s family has been growing grapes in the village of Neviglie for over a century, selling grapes to other firms for many years. Valter joined the winery in 1979 after graduating from the Enological School of Alba and began bottling Moscato, Brachetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo under the Bera name.
Neviglie is a small village of 400 people located just a few kilometers south of Barbaresco and is home to the Bera family. The family owns and farms 56 acres in Neviglie as well as vineyards in the nearby Asti and Barbaresco areas to produce a broad range of wines.
The Barbaresco comes from two different vineyards of southern exposition in Neive: Serraboella and Basarin. Basarin, which is marked by its high altitude (more than 250 meters above sea level) and its calcareous blue-marl soils, is considered one of Barbaresco’s top sites for Nebbiolo. The wine was aged in used French barrique for four years.
Valter Bera’s Barbaresco is a classic expression of Neive with freshness and a bit more austerity than wines from neighboring villages. An intense aroma of red cherry fruit and violets is followed by flavors of red cherries, plums, and minerals on the palate, framed by bright acidity and firm tannins.
Nebbiolo can be firmly tannic and requires dishes that help soften its powerful structure. Braised dishes such as short ribs with polenta or Brasato al Barolo are considered classic pairings with Nebbiolo. A mushroom risotto or agnolotti dal plin with a generous shaving of white truffles is sublime when paired with Nebbiolo.