The “Berrtolotto” company, owned by the Traversa family, in the early nineteenth century consisted of a “cascinotto” (small stone or wood construction comprising at most two spaces) surrounded by a substantial plot of land. The farmhouse was in support of another farmhouse in Serole owned by Traversa, ancestors of the current owners of the farm. In the land adjacent to that “cascinotto” the wine necessary for the family consumption of the residents in the other farmhouse in Serole was produced.
Among the many members of the Traversa family was the parish priest of Spigno Monferrato, Don Francesco Traversa, who advised his nephew Giuseppe, grandfather of the current owner, to stay permanently in “Bertolotto” to devote himself professionally to the cultivation of the vine and the creation of a real company for the production of wine.
Giuseppe Traversa, following the advice, created the first reports and contacts for the supply of his wine with both the Royal House of Savoy and the family of General Paolo Spingardi, Commander General of the Carabinieri Army and Minister of War during the World War I 1914-1918, illustrious citizen of Spigno Monferrato.
At the beginning of this century, contacts were also established with the ecclesiastical hierarchies as the company already produced an excellent wine passof muscat grapes, appreciated as a mass wine.
Following this tradition in 1984-85 began some wine supplies to his Holiness John Paul II and the then President of the Italian Republic Sandro Pertini. Both greatly appreciated such wine as can be seen from the thank you letters here.
Giuseppe Traversa’s son, Virginio, continued the work undertaken by his father and passed on to his children the love and passion for the cultivation of the vine along with all the traditions and secrets to obtain a product of high quality and extreme sophistication.
Virginio’s son Giuseppe and grandson Fabio now lead the company in the purest family traditions, applying, however, strictly the modern winemaking techniques in use today.