La Darbia: an old farm transformed into a touristic country house for wine lovers

(Novara, Italy)

Wine and food tourism in Italy has become a real economic trend today. Italy has always been considered as a point of reference in the wine and food field, but in the last years tourists coming from all over the world have discovered the pleasure of visiting farms, local producers and wine cellars to taste the best of the Italian production. Although general crisis has damaged national economy for several years, this specific field of tourism is registering a great development in every region of Italy.

Foreign tourists go to Italy to visit monuments, great works of the past, cultural attractions and wonderful landscapes, but also to taste the genuine food and typical products of the country. Among all the traditional products, wine is the king!

A clear example of this particular trend is demonstrated by Giancarlo and Matteo’s experience. They are two brothers from Piedmont region and live in the magic area of Vacciago di Ameno, near Lake Orta (, in the district od Novara. They have been working in the architecture field and in wine tasting for a long time, but some years ago they completely changed their lives.

Their grandfather left them an ancient farm house and they decided to restore this building and transform it into a
touristic country house for nature and relax lovers. In the country house they have created apartments for rent and they now work as tourism managers to make sure of their visitors relax.

During the renovation works of the house and the surrounding acreage, they have discovered an ancient and abandoned vineyard. They decided to get back the old vineyard and renovate it to produce Nebbiolo wine. Their dream is offering this wonderful wine to the tourists who spend their holidays in La Darbia.

“Our decision to renovate our ancient vineyard was so natural and immediate - said Giancarlo and Matteo - because wine is one of our greatest passions. So, when we have discovered that in our acreage there were traces of an ancient vineyard, probably dating back to 18th century, we immediately decided to set it. We began with the restoration of the house and after that we have consulted an agronomist to analyze the quality of the ground and understand the kind of wine we could produce in this area. Our dream – the two brothers said – is cultivate Nebbiolo wine and it is coming true”.
Giancarlo and Matteo are working to produce high quality Nebbiolo wine to offer their tourists in La Darbia house.

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