Casa Castegneti is a bungalow/ villa sitting on a hill just outside Castelnuovo Belbo, between Asti and Alessandria near to Nizza Monferrato.
The villa is South facing, looking over rolling hills of vines and woodland. About 2 kms away, towards Aqui Terme is the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, a beautiful ‘cathedral like’ church which is lit up in the evening and enhances the panoramic views.
A patio to the side of the villa has views of the sun rising in the morning, the patio at the front of the house has the sun all day, though there is a gazebo with primrose growing over, to provide shade, and in the evening at the entrance to the drive, there are views to the Alps where the sun sets behind during summer.
Behind Casa Castegneti, are vines, to the sides are small woodlands, and below are vines, though the gardens of the villa itself are laid to grass with borders of primrose, flowers, other climbers, roses, and a few olives, pear trees and figs.
Beyond the top garden areas, the land slopes down and is recently planted with nut trees. The gardens and property are maintained by our own gardener and property manager.
The area is renowned for the famous wines produced, and there are many wine tours available. Indeed the vines just below the villa are owned and run Roberto Eschueller who grows, harvests and produces his own wine on site. Very high quality reds, and the areas best sparkling Cortese (in my view).
In the woods around the property there are many fine walks with views over the countryside, and to the North, on a clear day, views to the Alps. The area has many boar, deer and other wildlife. The area is a fantastic cycling area, with quiet roads through villages.
The whole area around Nizza Monferrato is experiencing a surge in interest and visitors, keen to explore the wines being produced, but more to enjoy the unspoilt countryside.