Azienda Agricola Qimisola
Azienda Agricola Qimisola ligger i den lille italienske by Bionzo, Costigliole d’Asti i provinsen Asti (Barbera d'Asti) i det sydlige Piemonte. Byen ligger ca. 13 kilometer syd for byen Asti i Alto Monferrato, på kanten af Langhe.
1 ha med Barbera vinstokke, der er 60-100 år gamle, giver et udbytte på ca. 1.000 flasker årligt. Huset producerer de to Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG-vine: I Fratelli og Il Babbo, en rosévin, La Sirenetta Rosato (den lille havfrue) på Pinot Nero-druen og L’Usignolo Gamba di Pernice (nattergalen). De to sidstnævnte vine er opkaldt efter Hans Christian Andersens eventyr.
Qimisola is an Italian family winery, producing high quality wines. And wines with a story to tell ... the story that connects wine lovers, culture adventurers, and dream builders. It could be a long story how Qi, a Chinese decent and a Dutch national, and Lars, a Dane growing up in Greenland and then 13 years in Asia, ended up building the Qimisola winery in Bionzo.
It could also be a rather simple story: We went to Piemonte on a holiday trip and fell in love with the place, the people, the food and the wine. As Lars always had the dream to make his own wine, and Qi always had the passion for the Italian food and Italian language, we set out to pursue our dream.
The decision was the easy part. The hard part was to find a suitable property first and later the tremendous work to upgrade the property as well as the vineyards. We wanted a place with vineyards in the right location and position, but we also wanted a property with history and the potential to be developed into a modern winery and family home.
After looking around for more than 2 years, on a detour we stumbled over an "ugly duckling” property in the small hamlet of Bionzo. Despite the despair condition, we saw the great potential and with the help of local craftsmen, we were able to unveil the original beauty of the property and create the Qimisola winery of today.
Qimisola is an integrated part of our family life. It’s a name comprises the initials of all four of us (Qi, Mikkel, Søren and Lars). And in Italian, to make a sentence, it becomes "Qui è mia isola" = Here is my oasis.
The logo is in a shape of a shield integrating all the cultural elements we carry. The zodiac symbols of the birth years of our sons (the snake and the rabbit in Chinese astrology), the ying & yang duality for Qi’s Chinese origin and the red & white colors for Lars Greenlandic & Danish flags.
Qimisola's message is simple:
A good wine is transformational. Even the most unimaginable relationship is possible and enjoyable with the presence of love!
A good bottle of wine is a result of nature's gift, time's magic & life's blessing.