Award winning B&B and holiday apartments on this working vineyard in Piedmont, Italy. Relax around our pool and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of "La Dolce Vita" in the heart of Italy's greatest food and wine producing countryside. Go white truffle hunting, try cycling or horse riding through vineyards and the monferrato hills, tour wineries and cantinas and sample world class gourmet foods in this undiscovered gem of northern Italy.
Our farm is called Vecchio Podere Santa Cristiana (translates as ancient grand farmhouse) in addition to looking after our guests, we grow Barbera and Moscato grapes and produce our DOC and DOCG. status wines. Our farmland extends to about 7 hectares [around 18.2 acres] with just under half currently populated with vines. We are actively developing the vineyards and hope soon to add other grape varieties to our mix. Read more on the wines and vineyard side of life.
Frankly it is just a fantastic place to live. The locals are so friendly, the climate is outstanding (we like the extremes of hot summers and cold winters) and the Italian lifestyle "la dolce vita" here in the centre of wine, food and dining Piedmont is wonderful. Of course the scenery is to die for - we jsut love it.
The Piedmontese work hard but take the time to enjoy the other important things in life. Family and friends come first; they look after each other but expect little from anyone else. Perhaps because the region is encapsulated by the magnificent and imposing Alps and by
From May to November Piedmont is bustling with festivals, village fairs and events. Each weekend is liekly to have several competing events for you to experience. Read more................
Well our first advice is the easiest - do it! Yes we thoroughly recommend buying a house in the Piedmont, that is exactly what we did in 2004 and we have no regrets. Of course if you are not Italian then there are many differences in how to find and buy a house. We are not agents (realtors) so do not suggest that we are experts in this field, but we are more than happy to share our experiences of looking for, buying and owning a property in Piedmont. Here are a few simple points for your consideration : Read more........
One of the reasons we moved to Piedmont was our love of mountains. After all "Piemonte" means the foot of the mountains. On a clear day when visibility is right, we can look out over our vineyards and enjoy the majesty of mountains surrounding us on three sides, we are in fact about 50 miles from the nearest mountain. However, our good road networks moderate this distance and day trips to our closest mountain ranges are entirely feasible. Indeed we have explored many of the mountains featured on this site by taking day trips from home. Our great mountain views are a testament to the sheer size and stature of the
Piedmontese vine growing occurs predominately in the two large areas known as the Lange and Monferrato. The Langhe is a region full of splendid, hills, bound by the Tanaro and Bormida valleys, and the Ligurian Alps. The hills, which geographically speaking make up an extension of the Northern Apennines into
Our very own irst vintage was released in October 2006. We named it "Piano PIano" - the reason is explained on the label, but it is thanks to all those who coached us and encouraged us through the first 18 months in Piedmont. Our wine is available for sale in the UK and of course to all visitors to our vineyard B&B and apartments.
Of course a big attraction to us was the quality and diversity of Piedmont foods and restaraunts. We pay homage to this on our web site where Ingrid has developed an introduction to the food of Piedmont and also some favoritePiedmont recipes
We have a large collection of pictures featuring Piedmont landscapes, festivals and of course our vineyard and B&B.
Image Gallery 1 - our farmhouse accommodation
Image Gallery 2 - Festivals and events in Piedmont
Image Gallery 3 - Genoa
Image Gallery 4 - Italian
Image Gallery 5 - Piedmont Mountains
Image Gallery 6 - Italian Riviera & Portofino
Image Gallery 7 - Our vineyards
Please browse the follwing list of what's on in the province of Astri. There is always a fair, festival, cultural event or market somewhere near us throughout the year! Read more.......
What sort of things are their to see in Piedmont? Click here.....
We are pleased to have received a lot of great reviews from our past visitors. You can read them all on trip advisor, or follow this link......
We have a selection of Piedmont links here.
We have now retired from the consulting and management training business. We remain happy to assist our past customers who can contact us here.
Welcome to stayinpiedmont, we have retired to Italy (where retired is a subjective term - as we are working rather hard actually). In late 2004 we bought a working vineyard in Piedmont, northern Italy and have been focusing all our efforts into learning how to manage our vineyards, planting new vineyards and making our own red and white wines. Quite a change from technology and management consulting.