The friendship between the famous local artist and Grappa Artisan Romano Levi from nearby Neive goes back to 1998. Renato Ponte was in the prestigious local wine school, Enologica Albese.
He and his classmates were working on a school publication called Numero Unico.
Renato went to Levi’s little distillery where Romano routinely designed hand-drawn labels for his marvelous grappas. He asked Levi if he would draw a design for the magazine ENOTRIA 1998. Levi was honored and created a special cover for the publication.
Remaining friendly with Renato, Romano Levi designed a hand-drawn label for our Barbera d’Asti D.O.C.G. Superiore wine with interchangeable numbers for vintages well beyond the year 2000, the first vintage of this much sought-after wine.
The simple, yet colorful labels depicts our hills and the wildflowers found in our area. The small house clearly has a fireplace and Levi told us this shows there’s life, family and the conviviality of the family. This is the magic path of life in our little corner of the planet.
In 2007 Levi, ever creative, offered us another label design and this you’ll find on our Roero Arneis D.O.C.G. white wine. The label features the Donna Selvatica, a mysterious creature you’ll find in many of Romano’s artistic endeavors. This translates to a “Wild Woman,” who’s got the magical ability to capture a man’s heart. She is the woman every man would like to meet and cherish.