Vineyards, wines and hospitality
at Lessona, Biella
Villa Guelpa is our family home and winecellar, together with our vineyards in Alto Piemonte ... it is also our Passion. It is a bold and courageous project with strong links to the past but with hopes and ambitions for the future, inspired by the incredible variety of soils and intriguing variations that Nebbiolo assumes even when the vineyards are separated by a few meters. Villa Guelpa itself was built in Lessona in the late 1800s, adjacent to the hillside vineyard and on the banks of the Strona stream, It was sold, renovated and enlarged in the 1930s as the manor house of an important textile factory, now we continue its future with wine production.
In the Heart of Alto Piemonte
The geological history of Alto Piemonte is incredible: it all started when, about 300 million years ago, there was only one single continent, the Pangea which was dotted with numerous huge volcanoes. One of them, geographically located near to us in Valsesia, exploded with a power greater than 250 atomic bombs. The immense volcano became extinct and about 150 million years ago when the mountain range of the Alps formed from the fracture and division of continents, the Supervulcano of Valsesia bent and arranged itself horizontally making visible on the surface what was once the internal layers of the volcano.
The legacy left is that of some very rare, very acidic soils, totally devoid of limestone, which, spread over the whole territory of Alto Piemonte, range from the alluvial pebbles of the hills of Roppolo near Lake Viverone, to the siliceous sands of Mottalciata, to the very ancient soils of Lessona, to the volcanic porphyry of Bramaterra and again to the more recent alluvial soils, with a sandy texture, of Sizzano. This is all in an area with a particularly favorable, mild climatic characteristics which are characterised by excellent diurnal temperature differences between day and night. There is a higher than average rainfall and excellent both direct and diffused sunlight because here we are at a quite high Latitude.
Ours is a history of quality viticulture, which has archaic roots, made by knowledgable men who understood and were able to exploit the territorial uniqueness and climatic characteristics to the highest levels in making wines that had a clear identity. Obviously all this was made possible by the precious Nebbiolo grape, formerly called spinea grape, of central Italic origin but which finds its home and maximum expression close to the Alpine mountain range. It was in the Middle Ages that experience and skills were refined thanks to the knowledge of the monks of the Cluniac Abbeys, who have been finding excellence in quality cultivation and winemaking techniques since the fifteenth century. The subsequent periods saw the affirmation of fine wines from Alto Piemonte that were bottled and shipped to courts throughout Europe.
We make wine in a small but historic cellar in the beating heart of the new ‘Alto Piedmonte’ Renaissance located in Lessona. We use old concrete tanks for young wines and Slavonian oak barrels for aging wines made only from our vineyards. As far as Sizzano is concerned, it was our great statesman Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, who in addition to being one of the greatest strategists of the (Italian unification) Risorgimento was also owner of vast land estates, farms, businessman as well as Minister of Agriculture and Prime Minister in the mid-nineteenth century, who wrote the famous letter in which he said: "I naively confess that your excellent Sizzano wine has almost convinced me of the possibility of making luxury wines in Piedmont. This wine possesses in a high degree, what the quality of the wines of France and the bouquet is generally lacking in our own. The bouquet of Sizzano does not resemble that of Bordeaux, but rather the bouquet of Burgundy, which for certain delicious qualities such as Clos-Vougeot and Romanet, enjoys the first fruits on all the wines of France, so it is now proven that the Novarese hills can compete with the Burgundy hills, and that to win the fight you only need owners who he diligent the manufacture of wine and rich and elegant gluttons who establish their reputation ". In 1870, after the capture of Rome, it was with a Lessona that he toasted the Unification of Italy celebrating the glories of Nebbiolo over other Piedmontese and northern Italian grape varieties.
They are the expression of our land, of the place we live, of our work and choices.
Our goal is to make them unmistakable, elegant, fine and characteristic of Alto Piemonte.
The Manor House
Tastings, hospitality and much more
Villa Guelpa is located in the historic heart of Upper Piedmont in the village of Lessona, in the province of Biella at the foot of the wonderful mountain range of the Alps and near Monte Rosa and the Aosta Valley.
We will be happy to welcome you in our historic and character residence whose charming rooms overlook a quiet and flowery garden where you can live a relaxing stay in contact with nature
A 50 minutes from Malpensa International Airport and a quarter of an hour from the Carisio exit on the A4 motorway, Villa Guelpa is located in an easily accessible position one hour away. from Turin that from Milan.
Staying at Villa Guelpa is to experience a stay in a place of serenity, conducive to exploring the region, work or leisure. The rooms, newly renovated, are available to our guests and are of various sizes, all equipped with private bathroom, Wi-Fi and every kind of comfort in the name of peace and hospitality.
Visit and tasting in the cellar
By reservation only, you can visit our cellars and taste our intensely terroir-driven wines which are which t are produced in the evocative historical Villa Guelpa. By visiting us you will have the opportunity to understand how we make our wines, discover our history and make a unique tasting moment.
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