When to visit
In the fall because of the top cuisine — white truffles! Then in the winter Piedmont is great for skiing with the Alps only an hour away, in the spring the days are long and there are new wines ready to taste from cellars, and in the summer it’s hot and fun with great beaches only an hour’s drive away.
Where to eat
Here is the Mecca for food, even burgers are made from our veal (fassona) and are so tasty! There are around 20 restaurants with Michelin stars here, so you can eat well every day in different places.
The great outdoors
For skiing, Mondole is only an hour’s drive from Ratti, then over two hours brings you to the resorts of Champoluc, Monterosaski and to the top of western Alps. The local Piedmont Alps are also fantastic for summer hiking, while local hills are great for walking in the spring and fall.
In Alba you can find plenty of nice shops and boutiques since it’s isolated from other cities and has a wealthy community. It is almost like Capri — open all year.
Favourite Ratti vintage
It is always the last vintage, because of the vivid memory of the efforts, the feelings, the moments…
It’s season dependent: in the winter I’m into bubbles; in the summer I like a cocktail, spritz, gin and tonic, or a Negroni.
I read the newspaper on my iPad while having breakfast, then I try to walk on my treadmills to burn off last night’s big dinner!