The historical wine cellars of Coppo

Underground Cathedrals,
Unesco World Heritage site

The historical underground wine cellars of Coppo are a Unesco World Heritage site: a prestigious recognition that fills Coppo with pride. They are part of the network of Underground Cathedrals, a temple of wine dedicated to its history and the hard work of man.

Built beginning in the late 18th century, initially intended as small cellars to conserve wine, they were expanded from 1800-1900 to what they are today. The historical wine cellars of Coppo extend under the hill of Canelli for a total of 5 thousand square meters (16400 ft) and a depth that reaches 40 meters (130 ft).

The wine cellars have recently been renamed the “Underground Cathedrals”, for their spectacular beauty and historical importance. They are composed of galleries, tunnels, corridors and spacious arches lit by a light-play that underlines the monumental work done by those in the past who excavated the tuff rock at the heart of Canelli.

Beyond its natural beauty, the calcareous tuff rock of Canelli is a precious ally for a winemaker: hard and stable, it creates the perfect thermal isolation, naturally maintaining a constant temperature between 12 and 14° C (57°F), creating ideal conditions for aging great wines.

In fact, it is for this utility of the tuff rock that from the mid-1800s until the early 1900s, several kilometers of tunnels were excavated under Canelli. The earth has become a true wine monument in and of itself, a testimony of how architecture can transform spaces for wine according to the needs of their productive cycle.

Wine was not just aged in these corridors in the past, but the entire winemaking process was carried out here. The remains of this vinification (presses, filtration systems, vats, barrels, and other machinery) can still be seen today, creating a tangible memory of the past.

Guided visits and wine tastings

The visit, which includes 7 stations, presents the history and wine production of the winery with insights on Piedmontese varieties, vineyard management, and traditional methods of winemaking.

Three types of tours are available; it is possible to individually tailor your experience, as well.

The Coppo winery is open to visitors every day, including weekends, and only on reservation

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Coppo Classic Tour

The Classic Tour of the Coppo Winery lasts for about one hour. This guided visit will take you through corridors, passageways, and tunnels excavated in the tuff rock since the 18th century, today a UNESCO World Heritage.

You will pass through the fermentation rooms of our Chardonnay, vinified pure and as a still wine destined for whites with great mineral complexity. You will pass through the fermentation rooms of Pinot Nero, which makes the base cuvée of our sparkling wines together with Chardonnay.

You pass through the tunnels where our Barbera ages, and learn how we contributed to this variety’s rebirth in an important way.

You will see where our Riserve of sparkling Metodo Classico rests, and will get to learn the techniques of making our sparkling wines.

The guided visit to the Underground Cathedrals concludes with a wine tasting of 4 different wines that are representative of our winery:

  • 1 Spumante Metodo Classico, complex and savory
  • 1 Chardonnay with incredible freshness and minerality
  • 1 Barbera d’Asti our winery’s symbol
  • 1 Moscato d’Asti of the prized subzone “Canelli”

Coppo Premium Tour

For those who love great wines that are able to withstand time, we have created a tour that concludes with a tasting of 3 Riserve that are our most prestigious wines, and Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti “Canelli”.

Examining samples of our soils, we will show you how the different characteristics such as its composition, rich in minerality, are reflected in our wines’ elegance and longevity.

You will discover the historical reasons for which Canelli in indisputably recognized throughout the world as the capital of Italian sparkling wine.

You will learn the differences between two main sparkling wine fermentation processes (Charmat and Metodo Classico), the various stages of making a Spumante Metodo Classico, the yeast action and its important role during the long period of aging in the bottle.

We will tell you the history of Chardonnay and of white Piedmontese wines that are little-known. You will learn the reasons for the importation of several French varieties in the 1800s to our territory.

You will learn that the history of Barbera is also the history of a territory in poverty. In this long-ago past, its flexibility on the cultural level and its generous productivity made this variety widespread and popular, though few realized its true value. Wineries who saw Barbera’s potential at that time, like Coppo, were few and far between, and became the precursors to its rebirth , contributing decisively to its turn-around in the 1980s. Thanks to this moment in Barbera’s history, the variety is now redeemed, once and for all, demonstrating its elegance and potential to produce great wines.

The visits lasts about two hours and concludes with a tasting of the following wines.

  • Riserva Coppo Spumante Metodo Classico (millesimato)
  • Monteriolo Chardonnay
  • Pomorosso Barbera d’Asti
  • Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti Docg – subzone of Canelli

Coppo Sparkling Tour

Coppo Sparkling Tour is the best way to get to know the expressions of the most typical bubbles of the area: the Traditional Method Spumante and Moscato d’Asti. You will learn why the production of Spumante with Traditional Method (the same used for Champagne) started here in Canelli, for the first time ever in Italy.

You will find out how the Traditional Method – unlike the Charmat Method – leads to a re-fermentation of wine in bottle and to the emergence of “subtle and persistent bubbles”, a trademark of the very best Champagne and Spumante.

You will experience the different degrees of complexity that characterize the three spumante Coppo Traditional Method. The delicacy of a rosé produced in small quantities with the “ancestral method”, the tipicality of a Pas Dosè Alta Langa DOCG – only from Pinot Noir grapes harvested in local vineyards in Alta Langa- available only here in our cellar and the unique elegance of the Reserve: a spumante that challenges the passage of time.

You will then finish up in sweetness, with the scents of Moscato d’Asti. A sparkling, lowly-alcoholic, unique and aromatic wine that embraces its most traditional and relevant expressions here in the sub-zone of Canelli.

Coppo Sparklink Tour includes:

1) A visit to the Unesco World Heritage cellars

2) A tasting consisting of:

  • Clelia Coppo Brut Rosé Metodo Classico Millesimato
  • A Licia pas dosé Alta Langa
  • Riserva Coppo Metodo Classico Millesimato
  • Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti Docg – subzone of Canelli

Approximate duration:1 hour and 45 minutes

Each Tour is conceived for a maximum of 10 guests.

Coppo Chardonnay Tour

Piemonte is associated with barbera and nebbiolo, not chardonnay. But the world’s most popular white wine grape thrives in this mountain climate, as the Coppo history and wines attest.

Coppo Chardonnay Tour includes:

1) A visit to the Unesco World Heritage cellars

2) A tasting consisting of:

  • Clelia Brut Coppo – Metodo Classico
  • Costebianche Chardonnay Piemonte DOC
  • Monteriolo Chardonnay Piemonte DOC current vintage
  • Monteriolo Chardonnay Piemonte DOC old vintage

Approximate duration:1 hour and 45 minutes

Each Tour is conceived for a maximum of 10 guests.

Coppo Temporary Tour - Summer Whites: The other side of the Piedmont

Coppo Temporary Tour | Summer Whites aims to share the exceptional value of the enological patrimony of Piedmont, especially the hidden gems: the local whites. This tour is available only for the summer (between June and August).

More specifically, this visit focuses on the interpretations of three varieties: Cortese, Chardonnay and Moscato.

Cortese is one of the oldest local cultivations of the region and it gives birth to Gavi, a classic Piedmontese white that Coppo started producing in the 80’s, in the estate that the family manages in Monterotondo di Gavi.

Between the 60’s and the 70’s Luigi Coppo used to import a small quantity of Chardonnay from Burgundy. That was the starting point for two different products: a Chardonnay exalting freshness and fruit, and Monteriolo, more complex and meant to evolve through the years.

Finally, Moscato d’Asti: extremely typical, especially for the sub-zone of Canelli. A sweet and aromatic wine, drawing increasing international recognition as a sparkling wine lately.

Coppo Temporary Tour | Summer Whites includes:

1) A visit to the Unesco World Heritage cellars

2) A tasting consisting of:

  • Gavi
  • Costebianche Chardonnay
  • Monteriolo Chardonnay Annata Corrente
  • Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti Docg – subzone of Canelli

Approximate duration:1 hour and 45 minutes

Each Tour is conceived for a maximum of 10 guests.

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