Side view of the Levi distillery, which also serves as a museum of the history of the life of Romano Levi
Just beyond the walls of the distillery and under an extension of the roof, the in-ground concrete fermentation pits house the vinacce as it finally ferments before distilling.
The Ancient Still
The copper still is encased in bricks and concrete. Visible is the copper alembic column, and the head of the basket press, which is used to make bricks of the vinacce post-distillation
The Still Room as Museum
Spirit People's Angus inside the still room: "It's a museum and working distillery. All of these artifacts have been here for years and years, gifts of old friends and longtime lovers of Romano Levi."
The spirit drops directly into barrels which are rolled into the ageing house, where they are left untouched until bottling. At rest here is a single-variety Barbaresco that we won't see for a few more years.
Romano Levi's iconic work bench. Here Fabrizio demonstrates how the labels are still glued on to each bottle by hand, and marked with pen to in tribute to the master.
Spirit People's Angus described sitting at the desk as "Almost holy. There is a rich and beautiful energy here, where the cobwebs have never been swept, and Romano Levi's arachnid companions still sit in perfect harmony in the office, which is now, untouched, a museum on-site."
Fuel for the Fire
Vinacce dries in in the sun until required to light the still the following year.
Fuel for the Fire
The bricks of pulp, skin, stems and seed burn consistently to heat the still.
Office & Museum
The historic distillery office is also a museum, of old and new bottles and thousands of owls gifted to Romano Levi over the past 6 decades.