The son of a winemaker, Giacomo Bologna established the small Braida Winery in Rocchetta Tanaro, in the province of Asti, Piedmont, in 1961. By the early 1980s Braida di Bologna Giacomo had produced three stellar crus: Uccellone, Bricco della Bigotta and Ai Suma, a “Super Barbera”, extremely high quality wines and some of the most famous in Italy. By planting with care and then ageing the wines in small, French oak barrels in order to compensate for Barbera's lack of tannins, Bologna was able to stun the Piedmont wine world by creating deeply flavorful, complex wines out of a variety normally considered to be an acidic filler.
These days, Bologna's widow, Anna, and children, Raffaella and Giuseppe, run the wine estate. With their state-of-the-art cellars and forward-thinking work ethic, they have made Braida one of the most-respected wineries in Piedmont. Their wines -- most of them made from indigenous varieties -- are well known among wine lovers as being refreshing, easy-to-drink ambassadors of the region. Highly rated wines include Il Bacialé, an elegant blend made with Barbera and Pinot Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; Montebruna, made in a large wooden barrel according to ancient tradition; Brachetto d’Acqui, a sparkling, fresh and delicate red; and Moscato d’Asti ("Vigna Senza Nome"), an elegant, aromatic wine.