image
The Tower of Barbaresco, on the far left, overlooking the nearby towns of Asti, Alba, as well as the Tanaro River and valley.

The tower of Barbaresco: built in the 11th century, it was a beacon unto anyone that saw it, that Barbaresco was intended to be feared. Probably built by the Romans as an outpost to warn against Saracen (Muslim) invasion, the 200 foot tower evolved into a status symbol. After later being hotly contested between the city states of Asti and Alba in which Alba had gained, the tower turned to ruin. Thought to be part of a much larger fortification, the tower itself was restored to its heights of medieval intimidation. With this, the townspeople renovated the tower into a tourist attraction that houses ticket sales, multimedia exposition as well as an elevator to the third level so that it is accessible to everyone without disturbing its base. To this day, it infuriates some because the way to accessibility bore a scar to what was originally built and respected…
image
It isn’t too far of a stretch to say that wine in this area is much the same way…
My name is Joshua Mason and I am currently in Italy, learning the ins and outs of not only food and wine, but of culture. Please stay tuned in as I go in depth with the wines of Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland. I want to tell you the story of how not only people are succeeding in their endeavors to make the world known about wine, but especially of the people that endeavor to survive upon the land that has been in their family for generations.
Let us learn together…