Infernot

INFERNOT

Between the rivers Po and Tanaro stretch the gently rolling hills of Monferrato, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its superb landscape sketched by the hand of the wine growers.
It is precisely this deeply-rooted centuries’ old wine making culture which has moulded the region’s geography and architecture in an exemplary specialisation of the environment devoted to the culture of wine.

And in the 17th century, this is where the Infernot was born. This was when it became common practice to keep wine in bottles and numerous galleries and recesses were dug out of the tuff (a rock widespread throughout Monferrato) for the sole purpose of storing the precious bottles of wine out of the light and at a constant temperature.
These galleries were generally deeper than the main wine cellar to keep the temperature more constant and above all cooler in the summer.
But that is not all. They often ended in a larger underground space dug out of the rock with a table at the centre, creating a welcoming place where a few friends could meet to spend convivial summer evenings or long winter afternoons sharing something light to eat and tasting the wines.

The intriguing name “Infernot” comes from the old Provençal “enfernet“, used in France to describe a small cramped prison.
The term was thus adopted to describe a small confined underground room off the main wine cellar. In the Monferrato, over time the association with an underground place remained, irrespective of the dimensions.

The term was thus adopted to describe a small confined underground room off the main wine cellar. In the Monferrato, over time the association with an underground place remained, irrespective of the dimensions.
All the tunnels are joined by a gallery leading to the outside and can easily be visited by the public.

The Bricco dei Guazzi Infernot is the largest open to visitors in the Monferrato and the winery is part of the Infernot Circuit which extends through nine municipalities in the region, declared a World Heritage Site in 2015.

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