Last year we visited this Queen's villa vineyard during the harvest so today we'll tell you about the Balbianos, the winemakers who manage it.
|Turin's Villa della Regina aka the Queen's Villa vineyard during the 2014 harvest|
The Balbiano family has been producing wine since 1941 when Melchiorre Balbiano founded his winery; in Turin, they are known mainly for their Freisa di Chieri wine that can easily be considered as the Turin wine, being typical of the hills around our city.
- rosé spumante or bubbly,
- dry and still which is so unusual they label it surpreisa from the local dialect surprise
- a superior variant
- the urban vineyard one.
However, this is only half of the museum because his first love is toys! Antique toys, vintage toys, toys for boys and toys for girls. His collections stretch over ever growing rooms with talking stuffed animals from the early 1960s, tricycles, board games, tea sets and fully working miniature kitchens!
To be fair we also need to add that visitors are lovingly guided through Mr Balbiano's collection and production by his son Luca and Chiara, Luca's fiancée; this is no minor detail because both Chiara and Luca enhance the family atmosphere and maximize the visitors' experience, answering any possible question and showing the toys!