Vineyards in Valais

The Wine Families

Welcome to my Wine Families page!

Here you can find names, location and link of family-owned wineries I write about now who will be in my book “Le Donne di Piemonte” plus some of my other favorites from Napa, South Africa and Valais, Switzerland.   As with life, it’s a work in progress as I’m always discovering more wonderful family owned wineries.  Life is not boring!

The List of Families

Elio Altare
Annunziata, La Morra (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Elio Altare harvesting some of the early season beans in his prized chemical-free garden (everything he grows is chemical free).
Elio Altare harvesting some of the early season beans in his prized chemical-free garden (everything he grows is chemical free).

Bagnoud Vins
Flanthey
Valais, Switzerland

Like all winemakers in Valais, Nicolas Bagnoud works hard during the vendange.
Like all winemakers in Valais, Nicolas Bagnoud works hard during the vendange.

Cave du Bonheur
Fully
Valais, Switzerland

Busso Piero
Neive (Barbaresco appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Barbaresco winemaker Piero Busso enjoying an evening of wonderful wines and delicious food at Il Centro in Priocca.
Barbaresco winemaker Piero Busso enjoying an evening of wonderful wines and delicious food at Il Centro in Priocca.

Ca’ del Baio
Treiso, Barbaresco
Piemonte, Italy

Four generations of the Grasso Family in the winery's tasting room.
Four generations of the Grasso Family in the winery’s tasting room.

Cantina del Pino
Barbaresco
Piemonte, Italy

Renato Vacca, owner and winemaker of Cantina del Pino in Barbaresco.
Renato Vacca, owner and winemaker of Cantina del Pino in Barbaresco.

Cascina delle Rose
Tre Stelle (Barbaresco appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Cascina delle Rose bottle

Cave de Valencon
Flanthey
Valais, Switzerland

Claudy Clavien
Miege
Valais, Switzerland

Domenico Clerico
Montforte d’Alba (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Matteo Correggia
Canale, Roero
Piemonte, Italy

Ornella Correggia (right) and her daughter, Brigitta
Ornella Correggia (right) and her daughter, Brigitta

Deltetto
Canale, Roero
Piemonte, Italy

Barrel room at Deltetto in Canale, Italy
Barrel room at Deltetto in Canale, Italy

Domaine La Liaudisaz, Marie-Therese Chappaz
Fully
Valais, Switzerland

Ettore Fontana
Livia Fontana
Castiglione Falletto (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Livia Fontana with sons, Lorenzo and Michele.
Livia Fontana with sons, Lorenzo and Michele.

Cave Fin Bec
Sion
Valais, Switzerland

G. D. Vajra
Vergne, Barolo
Piemonte, Italy

Francesca Vaira in the tank room of G. D. Vajra in Vergne, Italy.
Francesca Vaira in the tank room of G. D. Vajra in Vergne, Italy.

Gaja
Barbaresco
Piemonte, Italy

Jean-Rene Germanier
Vetroz
Valais, Switzerland

Gregor Kuonen
Salgesch
Valais, Switzerland

Iona
Grabouw, South Africa

Cave Mabillard-Fuchs
Venthone
Valais, Switzerland

Malvira
Canale, Roero
Piemonte, Italy

Villa Tiboldi nestled in the vineyards of Malvira outside of Canale, Italy.
Villa Tiboldi nestled in the vineyards of Malvira outside of Canale, Italy.

Marchesi di Barolo
Barolo
Piemonte, Italy

Proprietors of Marchesi di Barolo, Ernesto and Anna Abbona with daughter Valentina.
Proprietors of Marchesi di Barolo, Ernesto and Anna Abbona with daughter Valentina.

Marchesi di Gresy
Barbaresco
Piemonte, Italy

Winter blanket of snow over the vineyards of Martinenga and the cantina of Marchesi di Gresy in Barbaresco.
Winter blanket of snow over the vineyards of Martinenga and the cantina of Marchesi di Gresy in Barbaresco.

Simon Maye et Fils
St.-Pierre-de-Clages
Valais, Switzerland

One of the most endearing couples of Valais' vineyards, Antoinette Maye and her dearly departed husband Simon.
One of the most endearing couples of Valais’ vineyards, Antoinette Maye and her dearly departed husband Simon.

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello
Barolo
Piemonte, Italy

Oddero
Santa Maria, La Morra (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy 

Oddero patriarch Giacomo Oddero with daughters Maria Cristina (far left) and Maria Vittoria (left) and granddaughter Isabella Boffa Oddero.
Oddero patriarch Giacomo Oddero with daughters Maria Cristina (far left) and Maria Vittoria (left) and granddaughter Isabella Boffa Oddero.

E. Pira e Figli di Chiara Boschis
Barolo
Piemonte, Italy

At home in the tasting room of Chiara Boschis, E. Pira e Figli, in Barolo, Italy.
At home in the tasting room of Chiara Boschis, E. Pira e Figli, in Barolo, Italy.

Giuseppe Rinaldi
Barolo
Piemonte, Italy

Albino Rocca
Neive (Barbaresco appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Albino Rocca family.
Albino Rocca family.

Cantina Gigi Rosso
Castiglione Falletto (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Maurizio and Mia Rosso of Cantina Gigi Rosso.
Maurizio and Mia Rosso of Cantina Gigi Rosso.

Paolo Scavino di Scavino Enrico 
Castiglione Falletto (Barolo appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Elisa Scavino and constant companion Lino.
Elisa Scavino and constant companion Lino.

Sottimano
Neive (Barbaresco appellation)
Piemonte, Italy

Schweiger Vineyards
St. Helena, California
Napa, United States

Homestead in the vineyards of Fred and Sally Schweiger (Schweiger Vineyards) atop Spring Mountain in St. Helena, CA.
Homestead in the vineyards of Fred and Sally Schweiger (Schweiger Vineyards) atop Spring Mountain in St. Helena, CA.
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2 thoughts on “The Wine Families”

  1. I have just purchased your book. My husband, Alan Silvestri (the film composer) and I have a vineyard in Carmel Valley, CA that is inspired by his family in Piemonte, at Castell Alfero. We have visited Castell Alfero many times and have even visited a few wineries in the area, including Castello del Poggio (Barbera d’Asti) and Gaja, and have spent the day at the Gamba cooperage in Castell Alfero. After the first visit there we decided to grow Barbera in our vineyard and it has become one of our most sought after wines. Check out our vineyard at silvestrivineyards.com. If you are ever in the Carmel, CA area please stop in and let me know that you are coming. I am very much looking forward to your book. Sounds wonderful! Sandra Silvestri

    1. Hi Sandra,

      Yes! Thank you. I saw your purchase and I very much appreciate your support. I would love to visit you when I am in California in September, if that would be ok. I have an event at the San Francisco Wine School on September 11. I’ll send you info as it becomes available.

      Thank you again!

      Cheers,
      Suzanne

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