Luxury Accommodation & Working Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy

A very warm welcome to, the home of Vecchio Podere Santa Cristiana (VPSC) - a working vineyard & premium red & white wine producer in Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy

Barbera d'Asti Harvest Pics

Special events in Piedmont in October (Truffles, Truffle fairs, Wine Harvest Festivals)

We are Ingrid and Phil Blades vineyard owners, wine producers, guardians of nature, poor but (usually) happy farmers, learners of Italian, parents of Kevin and last but definitely not least, your hosts!

our Moscato d'Asti arrives at the cantina

white truffle shaved over risotto at La Sosta in Montebone

hartvest 2010 - late harvest this year, here Moscato d'Asti grapes are tipped from tractor to trailer - read more
white truffle season - fresh truffle is shaved over a home made rissotto in one of our local gourmet restaurants
Amaretti buscuits in production in nearby Mombaruzzo - home of the Ameretti.
Pizza School - guests are shown how to make their own pizza at our local pizzaria

We welcome you to our web site where you can find lots of information on:

We sincerely hope the information on this site will encourage you to visit this very special place.

Here at Vecchio Podere Santa Cristiana (translates as ancient grand farmhouse) in addition to looking after our guests, we grow Barbera DOC and Moscato DOCG grapes and produce our own quality wines which are for sale here and in the UK. 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.

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Piedmont is in the North West of Italy. Being bordered by the Alpine mountains of France and Switzerland, and by Liguria [home of the Italian Riviera]  means amazing geographical features abound.  Here you will find mountains, lakes, the sea and hills. Go to the ‘About Piedmont’ button on the menu. or ‘Things To Do’ menu button for more details.

Vecchio Podere Santa Cristiana can be found on a hilltop 219 metres (689 feet) above sea level about 1 mile from the village of Castelnuovo Belbo [near Nizza Monferrato]. The good news is that seclusion does not translate into ‘miles from civilization’, it just feels that way. Airports, train stations and major motorway links are close. How to find us & distances to airports.

Why should you visit our part of Piedmont?

We personally think that one of the most attractive things about this place is that it has not yet succumbed to the commercial imperatives of mass tourism. You will find no hybrid culture, no diluted cultural norms; this place is genuine and 100% authentic, the real Italy lives on.  If you are up for the adventure of discovering great wine and food and exploring one of the few places in mainland Europe with oodles of history and culture but not yet overrun with tourists, then we will be delighted to welcome you here.

Things to enjoy, see and do in Piedmont

visitors to our vineyard tell us.. 

Still interested? Then check out the list we have compiled below of the most common things our guests repeatedly tell us they like.

  • The feeling of calmness from the seclusion and tranquillity of the surroundings and the views that lift the spirits and  rarely disappoint;   
  • We can also attest that drinking the local wines and sampling great food seems to positively influence guests experience;
  • The Italian culture as experienced through local people who are kind and generous to visitors;
  • When temperatures climb guests enjoy the benefits of relaxing around our environmentally friendly salt water pool. No chlorine and the pools great position with views over the vineyards are often mentioned in guests feedback;
  • Catching the odd glimpse of the varied wildlife that  roam in our orchards and woods;
  • Location, location, location – varied activities and terrains, great drives.

Testimonials and reviews

OK so we love this place and that naturally means we might be a tad  biased, we recommend therefore that you read some independent guest reviews on the independent site trip advisor (link below) or here to read some of their reviews we have copied directly onto our site.

"My wife and I spent three days with Ingrid and Phil at their wonderful winery. Our stay was magnificent to say the least. I would highly recommend their establishment to anyone looking for a country retreat in the Piedmont area." more

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Download our 2009 brochure about our Piedmont B&B and what to see and do in Piedmont in pdf format

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we wish you very a pleasant stay in piedmont