Your Dream Wedding in Piedmont, Italy
Bask in the beauty of Barolo in Piedmont, Italy, and you won’t regret it. Why? Well, steeped in wine-related history, this part of the world is famed for its unrivalled nature and dreamlike views, making it a perfect spot for that wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. The appeal of its lush vineries, buildings that ooze character and charm, and of course, the weather, Piedmont will positively entrap you, making you question why you ever looked elsewhere. You’ll say ‘I do’ surrounded by family and friends with fairytale backdrops of vineyards and rolling hills, before dancing the night away under the stars.
If, when your mind drifts to Italy, you envisage terracotta rooftops, pools a pale blue and greenery spanning the vicinity, then Monvigliero Vineyard Villas is your calling. These charming Italian offerings are both rustic and luxurious, and couples looking for a wedding location that ticks both these boxes can host a ceremony and a reception, as well as have all of their close guests staying together at the accommodation. And, with everyone under one roof, a beautiful and eclectic itinerary created for the entirety of the stay has never been more simple. What’s more, located among a premier Barolo cru in the winemaking area of Verduno, your wedding will be sitting in the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage site; a wow-worthy experience for any bride, groom or guest with perhaps the biggest selling point being that you can marry on the spectacular grounds.
The villas are owned by Scarpa winery, which was founded in the second half of the eighteenth century by a Venetian migrant. Among the spectacular settings, you can enjoy a self-guided or guided wine tour, as well many other activities that the staff at Monvigliero Vineyard Villas are more than happy to assist you with. You’ll find four villas on site, all of which offer all the luxuries of home, along with spectacular special touches including onsite spa treatments which provide perfect ‘ahh’ moments for the bride and her bridesmaids. Tettimorra, Tettineive, La Bogliona and I Bricchi all spout charming individuality. The villas, which sleep up to 40 altogether, are also positioned near to one another and cater for all ages.
The first, Tettimorra, sleeps up to 13 guests with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two dreamy balconies for your use. This luxury bolthole will see you rustling up Barolo’s local fine fare in a spacious indoor, or outdoor kitchen before heading out to the private garden to feast ‘Italian style’ with your loved ones. The cosy home-away-from-home has all the state-of-the-art-equipment you’d desire, from a Sonos music system with a curated playlist by a world-class DJ, to a snug fireplace to kick back and enjoy a glass of red in front of, if it’s that time of year. And boredom is not an option with a multilingual library and an outdoor pool overlooking the vineyards at your fingertips.
Next up, it’s Tettineive; a charming accommodation for up to ten guests, which oozes Italian aesthetics seen on the exterior with its historic front, to the interiors consisting of wooden beamed ceilings and furniture popping with colour; a perfect cocktail of new and old design. Your guests can enjoy meals at a round table positioned on the porch and there’s a kitchen, dining room with a crackling fireplace and a laundry room for all your needs.
Much like the villas before it, villa three, La Bogliona, delivers a rare charm and fits right into the Italian stereotype of beauty with its brickwork and cream exterior. This particular villa sleeps 11, with four bedrooms on offer, two of which have balconies. Other thumbs up go to the stunning private garden attached to this property, as well as its refined elegance felt as the result of large windows, and balconies flooding the rooms with natural sunlight.
Then last, but by no means least, you’ve got magical I Bricchi, a villa which sleeps up to ten with four bedrooms, one balcony, three bathrooms, two living rooms and an inviting kitchen. Plus, you can’t beat the sweet charm of I Bricchi’s wrap-around porch which invites guests to enjoy a delicious glass of wine from the surrounding Piedmont wine region’s royal grapes. Suffice to say, there’s more than enough room for you and your guests to get prepped and ready for the big day. The villas all offer must-have amenities and with ‘homely’ aspects such as laundry rooms and fully equipped kitchens within, it’s incredibly easy to go about your every day.
So, what makes Barolo such a special place for a wedding? Well, where to begin! Piedmont boasts a timeless wine culture, with an abundance of things to do; from farmer’s markets to restaurants and sightseeing. In the areas surrounding Monvigliero Vineyard Villas you can soak up the sun in the majestic UNESCO Heritage landscape, which has spots a’ plenty for a picnic. The region’s best-known wines are Barolo and Barbaresco, however you can also delve into speciality tastings with Scarpa and widen your wine knowledge with older vintages, verticals and lesser-known indigenous varieties. Oh, and if you haven’t tasted at least one of their Barbera d’Asti wines, then add it to your list, or even better add it to your wedding reception array! The black Nebbiolo grape originates in Piedmont and can be sampled around mid-September to early October. Bursting with flavour, this grape is thick-skinned with a long growing season.
Truffle hunting is also a must-try activity during your stay. The fabled white truffle, coined Tartufo bianca di Alba comes from this region and, in spring and summer, you can experience black truffles too. The Villas work alongside the Truffle Dog University, where the dogs and hunters will use the grounds to forage delicacies. Whilst boredom is unlikely whilst in Barolo, there are things to do not too far away, and bucket list locations close by if guests want to continue on for a holiday. Turin, and its wonderful walking tours can be enjoyed, or you can delve into a day of shopping in Milan or cheese tasting in the Alta Langa. Suffice to say, there are a handful of dreamy locations just a car or train ride away for wedding guests who wish to continue their Italian experience. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed where planning is concerned, as the property manager, Katariina is on hand to create a programme for the entire stay, should you wish, from dazzling dinners to an epic post-wedding pool party.
For that post-wedding pool party, the chef can fire-up the grill for one of the most picturesque BBQ’s going. Or why not get the guests trying their hand at a spot of traditional cooking with one of the culinary classes organised onsite, giving you the opportunity to indulge in a farmer’s market experience, wine pairing education and so much more.
If you’re not up for venturing out because you’ve been captivated by the beauty of Monvigliero Vineyard Villas (it’s likely), then simply head out into your villa garden, all of which are ripe with fruits, vegetables and herbs. Wedding guests can while away the hours exploring the surrounding vineyards and hazelnut groves before retiring to the pool for a sundowner. Guests can also walk off lazy sun-drenched dinners from the night before by heading to enjoy Piedmont culture and tradition with a local village hike. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. The villas boast a personal chef service, helping you to delve into Italian delicacies and pair meals, expertly, with wine. Food is a huge part of the Barolo culture, from simple trattoria to fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants and you can experience it uniquely by hiring a private chef. The wedding party could feast on the likes of succulent Fassone beef, rich golden tajarin pasta made with 30 egg yolks, and delicious root vegetables.
Monvigliero Vineyard Villas is a wonderful choice for anyone wishing to plan a wedding in Italy. The magical setting will create lifelong memories, and their villas, which sit in a “U” shape, make them a perfect spot for the parties, dining and social aspects that come with a wedding. The luxurious interiors will pamper you, and the staff are sure to make the entire experience seamless. Take in the villages, castles, vineyards and villages during downtime, and choose this dreamy untapped location for your destination wedding in Italy. You won’t regret it, promise.
Luckily for our readers, Monvigliero Vineyard Villas is offering an exclusive 10% discount for any weddings booked at their property. Get in touch with Katariina, the property manager who will be more than happy to help you get started on your wedding planning.
Cascina Monvigliero, 28 12060 Verduno CN, Italy