They Labor with Love
As I was flipping through photographs from my book,
I recalled how those beautiful mother-daughter relationships in Piemonte’s wine country motivated me during my labor of love. So I thought I’d share some photos from my files of wonderful mothers of Piemonte. Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte, Cà del Baio (Barbaresco)
Giulio Grasso’s mother, Fiorentina, and his late father, Ernesto, known affectionately as “Super Nonno.”
Luciana Grasso, destined to become mother of Paola, Valentina, and Federica, and nonna of Lidia and Anna, on her wedding day.
Paola Grasso, mother of Lidia and Anna Deltetto, with her proud papa Giulio looking on. Photo Credit – Karen Haeffner Deltetto (Roero)
Graziella Deltetto, mama of Carlo, Cristina, and Claudia, and nonna of Lidia (on her lap) and Anna.
Carlo Deltetto with his maternal nonna, Bibiana Brezzo. Oddero (Barolo)
The Oddero sisters: Mariavittoria (left) mother of Isabella Boffa Oddero and Giacomo Boffa,, and Mariacristina, mother of Pietro Viglino Oddero. Photo credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto
Maria Badellino Oddero, mother of Giacomo Oddero.
Carla Scanavino Oddero, mother of Mariavittoria and Mariacristina, and nonna of Isabella, Giacomo, and Pietro. Albino Rocca (Barbaresco)
Paola Rocca, mother of Simone and Daniele
Monica Rocca, mother of Viola and Francesco. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Cantina Bartolo Mascarello (Barolo)
Franca Maccarello, mother of Maria Teresa. Photo credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Cascina delle Rose (Barbaresco)
Giovanna Rizzolio and her sons Riccardo and Davide Sobrino. Photo credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Cigliuti (Barbaresco)
Dina Cigliuti, mother of Claudia and Silvia. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto
Claudia Cigliuti, mother of of Giulia and Leone. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto
Silvia Cigliuti, mother of Germano. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Marchesi di Barolo – Family Abbona (Barolo)
Anna Abbona with daughter Valentina. Photo Credit – Cinzia Trenchi Marenco Vini (Monferrato)
Teresa Benzi and Giuseppe Marenco on their wedding day. The couple would have three daughters – Michela, Doretta, and Patrizia.
Michela Marenco, mother of Andrea and Eduardo Costa. Photo Credit – Eugenio Vacchetto
Patrizia Marenco, mother of Pietro Giraudi. Photo Credit – Eugenio Vacchetto Cascina Castlet (Monferrato)
Mariuccia Borio with her late mother, Ermenegilda Gonella. Photo Credit – Franco Bello G. D. Vajra (Barolo)
Milena Vaira, mother of Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro, and Giuseppe’s wife, Sophie, mother of Lucia, Aldo, and another gift from God on the way. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Marsaglia (Roero)
Marina Marsaglia, mother of Monica and Enrico. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Giuseppe Rinaldi (Barolo)
Annalisa Rinaldi with daughters Carlotta and Marta and husband Giuseppe. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Matteo Correggia (Roero)
Ornella Correggia and daughter Brigitta. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto
Severina Correggio, mother of Matteo Correggia and nonna of Giovanni and Brigitta. Photo Credit – Carlo Avataneo Paolo Scavino (Barolo)
Anna Scavino with daughters Elisa and Enrica, and husband Enrico.
Giuseppina Scavino, mother of Enrico and Angela.
Enrica Scavino, mother of Giacomo Grimaldi. Photo Credit – Pierangelo Vacchetto Punset (Barbaresco)
Marina Marcarino, mother of Pietro Celona. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Monchiero Carbone (Roero)
Clotilde “Tilde” Raimondo, matriarch of the Monchiero family.
Lucrezia Monchiero, mother of Lucia and Luigi. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto
Lucia Monchiero, mother of Francesco and Teresa, nonna of Lucia and Luigi, and her husband Marco. Photo Credit – Pierangelo Vacchetto Gaja (Barbaresco)
Clotilde Rey, nonna of Angelo Gaja.
Lucia Gaja (left) and her children Gaia, Rossana, and Giovanni, and husband Angelo. Photo Credit – Andrea Wyner Livia Fontana (Barolo)
Livia Fontana, mother of Michele and Lorenzo, and nonna of Ettore. Photo Credit – Elisabetta Vacchetto Falletti
Blessed vintner, Giulia Colbert Falletti, the last Marchesa of Barolo and godmother of modern Barolo.
Wine is an expression of culture made by man, not just by nature. Wine families are the ultimate vinous artisans.