Simply put, there are not enough ways to say how wonderful our stay at the Bella Vite Farm and Rocco di Carpento Vineyard was.
Let me begin with the location. For travelers making their way through northern Italy, the surrounding area is beautiful. The venue of the vineyard is even more so; the rustic scenery and rolling hills of the vineyard community are a sight to behold in the summertime. When you finally arrive at the vineyard gates, you can expect to be surprised by the aesthetic mixture of a quaint farm with the modern architecture taste of contemporary wine entrepreneurs. Between the hosts' home, the guest houses, the vineyard-overlooking pool, and the winery itself, one is left with a firsthand observation of authentic Italian countryside-- in style.
The hosts are exceptionally accommodating. Not only are Paulo and Lidia multilingual and eager to engage in conversation with foreigners, but they are readily willing to share their expert knowledge of their grounds, the winemaking process, and general life as vineyard owners to any inquirers. They shared with us all of the luxuries of their property with a surprising degree of trust; there was never a time when we felt unwelcome or imposing. In fact, by the end of the second night of our visit, we determined we would be lucky to be able to return for another stay. They even provided us with a personal tour of their vineyard, winery, and bottling facilities on our final day, with their delicious wines for purchase right off the rack.
We were lucky enough to stay the night during a special evening in which Paulo, a native of Vincenza, and Lidia planned a six-course genuine Vincenzan feast to locals attending one stop on a tour of dinner parties. Their vineyard was specifically selected following their first excellent demonstration to the group some weeks before, and this meal followed up on expectations in full force. The appetizer of fava beans and salami was expertly complimented by a light sparkling white from the Vincenza region. The first course of sardines and toast was followed by a dish of white asparagus and finely diced egg. The hosts displayed their expertise in wine selection with a subtle casualty, pairing the appetizers with a more crisp white again from the Vincenza region. The next courses were primeri of thick Italian noodles and duck sauce followed by a secondi of liver polenta with a hint of onion. During these courses they provided their flagship wine, the Rocco di Carpento Losna, a Dolcetto from the Ovada region. During a desert of traditional apple cake and raisin, we were delighted to learn a piece of trivia; Dolcetto means "slightly sloping vineyard," as opposed to "sweet," as one would expect! Their willingness to provide personal explanation each course in the meal only reinforced their already unparalleled hospitality.
All told, our stay was phenomenal and we were incredibly fortunate to have experienced such a wonderful visit! Highly recommended!