Last year, we visited the winery of the Stra family for a wine tasting and found Maresa so welcoming that we decided to come back and stay at the Azienda for a few days. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and a separate kitchen and living space. All rooms have their own outside sitting area, lit up by large candles in the evening. They fridge is stocked with local cheeses, salami, jams, milk and juice for your self-service breakfast. There is also fresh fruit from from the farm garden. Fresh bread arrives in a lovely basket in the morning. There is also a communal outside area with comfortable chairs and sombreros overlooking the rolling hills of the Barolo region. Wine-tastings take place in a vaulted room in the old part of the house where Maresa explains about the different vines grown in the area and presents the wines grown and bottled on their estate. The tasting culminates in a sampling of their majestic Barolo wine. Next door to the wine tasting room, there is a guest lounge with easy chairs and a fireplace. There is a whole range of Grappas and liqueurs to sample as 'digestivo'. When sitting in the lounge, you will almost certainly be joined by the two friendly farmdogs, Dino, a Jack Russel and Tobia, who looks like an Italian version of a Welsh sheepdog.
Roberto is passionate about his wine and is very happy to take you on a guided tour through the cellars or show you the vinyards. They are a wonderful family and make you feel so welcome. Nothing is too much trouble.
The Azienda Agricola Stra is located on the Barolo footpath. In the evenings, we walked on the path for 20 minutes to the restaurants in Novello. The way back was magical because our way was lit by fireflies!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For five generations, in our wine estate we have lived and worked according to remarkably effective yet simple methods; we have combined today’s indispensable technological innovations to the love of our forefathers for this land, its fruits and the job itself. And it is perhaps this genuineness that gives our wines a true and sensitive soul.Spending a few days in our farmhouse means sharing with us the joy of a simple way of life and paying special attention to the quality of every single thing. This is an aim we want to convey to every new guest so that we can feel, from the very beginning, among old friends.The apartments are comfortable although they are not luxurious, just as it should be in a typical country dwelling. Every apartment is composed by a double room, bathroom with shower, hair dryer, towel heater, daily cleaning service, living room with equipped kitchen. ... more less