The culture of Piedmont is dedicated to its vines and in Monferrato the story is even more exciting…..
The hills surrounding Monferrato are covered almost entirely by vineyards separated here and there by wooded areas. The climate and geological makeup of the land come together to ensure a perfect balance: it is this balance that lends itself to the development of vineyards. Most of the vines grown are native to the land which, in turn, leads to a wide variety of wines. In Monferrato, vines and winemaking are regarded not only as a source of income but also as an expression of the culture and tradition of the land born from an attachment to it and from centuries of hard work on it. There is a deep understanding that this combination is necessary to bring forth a product of such exceptional quality.
The vineyard of Montestregone sits in the area of Acqui Terme. The name comes from the Latin, Aquae Statiellae and was given by the Romans who established the town around the thermal springs there in the second century B.C. The Latin, Aquae later became Acqui in Italian.
The heart of the city of Acqui Terme is Piazza Bollente. In its centre stands a marble niche which was constructed in 1879 and from which flows hot water with healing properties. This water has a constant temperature of 74.5°C and it gushes forth at a rate of 500 litres a minute.
Legend has it that newborn infants brought to the fountain and immersed in the hot waters would be known as “sgaientò”, loosely meaning “the scalded one”, a nickname still used in dialect today to address someone who comes from Acqui.