Villa & Estate
Villa Era finds its home in the rolling hills of Vigliano, near Biella in northern Italy. The elegant, neo-classical Villa dates back to the late 19th century and was built alongside an older 18th century structure. It lies within a verdant estate which connects to the ancient vineyard that grows on the hillside behind it.
Villa Era was designed and built between 1884 and 1888 by the Turin-based architect Enrico Petitti for the Magnani family, real estate impresarios from the Cervo Valley, and stands adjacent to an original 18th century building that includes a wine cellar and red brick tower. The design for the Villa itself is monumental and symmetrical, consisting of one main structure fronted by an impressive raised portico. The facade displays numerous neo-classical embellishments, such as the portico's architrave, frieze and Doric columns, and the pediments on the windows. Perfectly preserved original decorations, designs and frescos can be found in all the rooms on the ground floor. In 1935, the property was bought by Ermanno Rivetti, a textile magnate from the area, and the Villa has remained with the family ever since.
The vineyard at Villa Era is centuries old, in fact grapes were grown on the hills around Vigliano as early as the Middle Ages. The grapes of Villa Era owe their unique character to the soil of the hill on which they are grown - sandy clay, gravel and marl with marine fossils. The nutritious soil and propitious orientation of the hill itself contribute to the success of the vineyard which previously produced the "Villa Era" Spanna di Vigliano wine, winner of prestigious awards in Italy and abroad (see Catalogo Bolaffi dei Vini del Mondo, ed. Veronelli, 1973). The vineyard was restored in 2006/07 with the addition of 1,500 new cuttings and the implementation of natural and pesticide-free methods of cultivation. The wine is made predominantly with Nebbiolo grapes, enriched with Croatina, Vespolina and Barbera.For a brief period the wine was named Rondò, after the woods behind the vineyard, where the secular Holm Oak dominates the hill. Since the harvest of 2011, however, the wine won back its DOC and reclaimed its old name of Villa Era.
Ruby red colour with shades of amaranth, intense and delicate nose with hints of berries. Full bodied, balanced, well-rounded and mature, with particularly smooth tannins, elegant and persistent taste. Best served with traditional Piedmontese cuisine. The wine is made using traditional techniques. The grapes are macerated and vinified in steel tanks, then aged in oak barrels for several months to achieve the right balance and then bottled.
AFFILIATIONS• Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane
• Ville e Castelli del Piemonte
• Residenze d'epoca
• Il parco più bello