Giorgio Schön, an old friend of mine from the days of the Offshore Championships when we both competed, as well as a good rally and track driver and participant in multiple Peking-to-Paris motor races, welcomes me with Marina Orlandi Contucci into their home in Colle Manora. The estate, where excellent wines are produced, extends for about 75 hectares, 20 of which are planted with vineyards, and stands out on a hill between Quargnento and Fubine, surrounded by the vineyards of the Montferrat region. The Colle Manora Estate truly embodies the values for which the Made in Italy brand is appreciated throughout the world: indigenous vines such as Barbera combine with innovative varieties such as Albarossa to produce high quality wines promoted by Marina Orlandi Contucci; Italian style inspired by the creative flair of Mila Schön, the Lady of Fashion, Giorgio’s mother; and Giorgio Schön’s passion for “racing reds”, being a serious collector of super-cars and a passionate rally driver. The owners’ passion for their business is perceived not only through the welcome they give you, but also by visiting their modern wine cellar where advanced technology is combined with their wine-experts’ professionalism to create excellent high-quality wines. Some of my favorites include Ray, Monferrato Rosso D.O.C., Albarossa 100% and the white wine Mila, which is produced from Chardonnay and Viognier grapes to produce a wine which is as elegant and refined as Mila Schön’s dresses. Before leaving Colle Manora I recommend visiting their two small private museums which truly are “gems”: one houses Mila Schön’s collection from the 70s and 80s of historical embroidered clothes inspired by great artists, together with images and videos of her collections; the other exhibits a collection of Lancia “Martini” cars which have won numerous world track and rally titles…. a truly unforgettable experience!
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