The Rovero Family Farm & Agritourism, Asti Province, Italy

We arrived at our next destination, Il Milin, just in time for a traditional Piemonte “extended” lunch. Located just ten minutes from Asti, Italy, Il Milin is a 19th century villa that offers two, two-room flats with kitchens, as well as three large double rooms that come with a breakfast buffet in the community dining room. We chose a double room that had a nice sitting area and a door that opened to the balcony. It was very reasonably priced at 70 euro per night that includes breakfast. http://www.agriturismoilmilin.it/piedmont/index.htm

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IMG_4633To get to Il Milin, you are looking to turn on a small street at a few buildings located between crop fields. You will then wind up and over a hill and be in a scenic valley with vineyards and hazelnut groves lining the hills. This is home to the Rovero family farm, which Il Milin is a part.

Michela and Enrico and their children live in the adjacent wing to the villa and Michela is the hostess for Il Milin. If no one is in sight when you go to check in, knock on the door to the right of the main entrance door.

We were shown to our room and it was very large with a comfortable sitting area, wardrobe for our clothes and a private bathroom. Everything was immaculately clean and we got unpacked and moved in.

On the weekends, the Rovero family offers a traditional meal that pairs their local dishes with their Rovero wines. We walked down the country road from Il Milin to a group of buildings with a tiny chapel, restaurant, their wine and grappa tasting room and production buildings. Learn more about Rovero at: http://www.rovero.it/en/index.htm

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IMG_4617This is the entrance to the restaurant part of the establishment. There’s a nice courtyard area in the middle where the children were playing soccer.

IMG_4612Across from the restaurant is the entrance to their tasting and sales room for their wines, grappas, jellies, honey and more homemade goodness. More photos on that a bit further along.

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IMG_4614Back to lunch… We loved this Casalina!

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IMG_4580I didn’t get photos of EVERY dish they brought but this should be enough to make your mouth water… I must have missed the first plate or two as we were sooo hungry!

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IMG_4582The Gustin was also great! Of all the wines we drank on this trip, the Rovero family wines were the best. We enjoyed several bottles while there ~ you can choose wine and shots of their grappas in the common dining room, writing down what you’ve taken on their honor sheet. You then tally up when you check out. We bought a case for the road as we still had another week left.

IMG_4584Broccoli flan…

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IMG_4586Melt in your mouth ravioli…mmmmm

IMG_4590And we’re still going….

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IMG_4595And finally… dessert!

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IMG_4602And a sweet light dessert wine to go along…

IMG_4604And some grappa shots and coffee to help us make it down the road and to the bed for a LONG nap

IMG_4606After our nap we went out to meet the donkeys. We spied them escaping the next day, making a break for the garden and vineyards. Bad donkeys!

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IMG_4641The valley hills are lined with vineyards

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And one long row of beehives where their Rovero honey emerges from.IMG_4636

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IMG_4645We slept good and in the morning it was time to eat AGAIN! This is the common dining room where you can hang out and where breakfast is served. There is a kitchen off the dining room which guests can also use and they have a washing machine too (but no dryer).

IMG_4646Michela serves up a fabulous breakfast buffet each morning. She makes all of the breads and cakes and serves their Rovero jams and jellies and honeys. The cheeses and yogurt are local too! She’ll make coffee just for you or has hot tea choices for tea drinkers.

IMG_5592Speaking of laundry… We went in search of a coin operated laundry in Asti and happened upon one on the main street next to the L’Orchidea Gelateria.

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IMG_5598These looked pretty in the window of one of the local food shops.

IMG_5599As we prepared to leave, Michela called down to the tasting room to have someone meet us to purchase our case of wine. Visitors can make arrangements for a tour of their wine and grappa production.

So many choices!

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IMG_4673Out in the courtyard, they have re-purposed old wine barrels into new attractive uses.

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IMG_4677As always, Wally attracted the farm dog…

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IMG_5605Their hand-carved Rovero sign hanging by the tasting room.

IMG_4661I would definitely recommend a stop off at Il Milin and Rovero Farm if you are in this area.

Time to move on… next stop, Lake Como!

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