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Moncalvo: Agriturismo: La Quercia Rossa

www.querciarossa.com

Reviewed by: joe from Israel, review #2495

When: October 2008

Beautiful farm in the heart of Monferrato, wonderful hospitality, fine rooms and excellent meals. We would gladly return.

La Quercia Rossa presents a fine example of the bond between one family and its farm, with every generation contributing to the making of a wonderful place that is a home, business, and a little piece of Paradise.

The farm is situated on a small hilltop very close to Moncalvo, a quaint village worth visiting in the middle of the way between Asti and Casale Monferrate. The view of the surrounding hills from the farm is beautiful. We were greeted by Matteo Reami, probably the most dignified and gracious young man I have ever met. He takes part in and oversees much of what goes on - from the various agricultural aspects of the farm and management of the agriturismo, to waiting on the tables during meals and being very helpful to all his guests. Matteo is a very pleasant person to converse with he has studied foreign languages, and his English is excellent.

He took us for a tour of the wine cellar, where their house wine is made, and was very patient with all our inquiries. The family grows about six hectares of vineyards, hazelnuts, and various fruits and vegetables. The farmhouse and guest rooms have been elegantly renovated; the rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean, with an air of luxury, but simple at the same time. There is a fine dining room with a fireplace for dinners, as well as a pleasant smaller room for breakfasts. The outdoor area adjacent to the impressive farmhouse is also nicely arranged to be pleasing to the eye, and inviting to sit in, having a decorous shaded sitting place for the warmer days. A separate building serves as a store for the farm's products, as well as a meeting place for cultural activities. All meals were extremely delicious, typical foods being served, prepared to perfection. We were there on a weekend - people were coming from the area to have lunch, another proof of the quality of the meals there. La Quercia Rossa, being our first accommodation in the Piemonte countryside, was a perfect cultural experience for us, and we would heartily recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in this area.

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