Ricossa is the name of a pioneering family from Portacomaro d’Asti in Italy’s Piedmont region. The Ricossas gained prominence and historical stature in the late 1800s by working closely with local growers to source grapes for making wine and distilled spirits. At the turn of the century, capitalizing on the arrival of one of the earlier railways in Italy, Lorenzo Ricossa built a distillery in the center of town and a lodge that soon began hosting business people from all over Italy and abroad.

The Ricossa family’s enterprising wine and grappa business had forever changed Portacomaro d’Asti and increased the Ricossa family’s prominence. The local village distillery soon became the gathering place for grape growers of Piedmont and particularly Asti. In no time, this winemaking community became a cultural center for wine professionals and philosophers alike, exchanging ideas and debating events of the times.

Ricossa wines today are still produced in Piedmont, one of the most renowned wine regions in Italy, and in a manner that expresses the traditional Piedmont winemaking style. Grapes are purchased from quality estates and vineyards under long term contracts to produce the finest Barolo, Gavi, Barbera d’Asti and Moscato d’Asti and Casorzo wines. These wines are now enjoyed throughout the world including across the U.S. To learn more about Ricossa and its wines, visit the website.


Ricossa di Pera [drink recipe]