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Villa Sparina Resort Hotel, Gavi
Built by the Marchese Franzoni di Genova in the 17th century, this country estate is located in the heart of the famous white wine region of Gavi. For decades, the vintner family of Moccagatta has produced highly respected wines here. The 1999 vintage of their flagship product, the "Monterotondo," was the first Gavi ever that was awarded "three glasses," the highest possible rating by "Gambero Rosso." In spring 2004, the family opened the small 4-star country hotel "L'Ostelliere" in the middle of their vineyards in the village of Monterotondo. Part of the resort is the 100-hectare winery "Villa Sparina" with its amazing cellar and the gourmet restaurant "La Gallina." We have stopped by at least once every year since it opened, because the resort is perfectly located for a pit-stop en route to the south of France or to Tuscany. It also qualifies as base for a home base for a weekend shopping spree to the designer outlet centre nearby. Like a diamond in the rough, this country hotel has been cut into a gem over the years: Structural changes were made, new rooms added, the breakfast menu expanded, and chef Massimo Mentasti has been awarded one Michelin star for his culinary craft. This place is a true paradise for wine lovers and shopaholics.
Hotel Price range
One night for two in a double of the lowest category during the off-season will cost approx.:
- Below € 250
- Below € 400
- Above € 400
We just love the lounge in the herb garden with its daybed, giant swing, and comfortable sofas. A wonderful scent of rosemary, thyme, and lavender fills the air, and your gaze will sweep across rolling hilltops and vineyards. A sanctuary of good taste.
The distance from the main building to the outdoor pool is 250 metres. Follow the edge of the vineyard up the hill. Just when you are about ready to give up and begin to wonder whether you lost your way, you will see the prize you sought amidst the grape vines.
Location, ambience, room, service, and wine list:
6 = one of a kind
5 = excellent
4 = good
3 = satisfactory
2 = imperfect
1 = poor
6 = superior culinary art (normally 3 Michelin stars)
5 = extraordinarily creative culinary performance – often awarded one or two Michelin stars
4 = excellent cuisine, high quality, and consistency
3 = great cuisine, out of the ordinary
2 = unambitious cuisine
1 = best not to dine here
6 = unique resort or restaurant that satisfies (nearly) every need and desire
5 = top-of-the-lot in its category, as-new infrastructure, with lavish attention to detail
4 = swank restaurant or thrilling hotel with restaurant, bar, indoor or outdoor pool, gym, and spa
3 = elegant restaurant with patio, or small-but-refined hotel with restaurant
2 = harmonious restaurant without terrace or a luxurious B&B with swimming pool
1 = simple restaurant or charming B&B without swimming pool
The hotel is located in the hamlet of Monterotondo near Gavi, surrounded by gentle hillocks and the proprietary vineyards. The large outlet village "Serravalle Designer Outlet" is just a 10-minute ride away from the hotel.
An accomplished blend of Italian and French country-cottage style, done in vintage chic. Antique furniture from various periods were combined with modern fixtures in an eclectic amalgam of styles.
There is the restaurant "La Gallina," a large wine cellar, fireplace bar, the "Bar dell' Orto" lounge in the herb garden, a gym, a steam room, a massage parlour, an outdoor pool, and an underground car park.
Small but well-appointed breakfast buffet. The oeuvres served at "La Gallina" (1 Michelin star) represent contemporary interpretations of local Piemont specialities. The hand-cut beef tartare "Battuta di Fassone piemontese” and the creamy risotto "Al Gavi e Robiola di Roccaverano" are dishes you should definitely not miss. The home-made ice cream "Gelato alla crema" is every bit as rich as it sounds, but go for it – it's worth every calorie!
33 rooms and suites decorated with an intense love of detail are spread across two interconnected buildings, the "Casa Coloniale" and the "Palazzina." Some of the rooms and suites command a lovely view of the vineyards.
Attentive and genial care is lavished on you either in Italian or in English.
Location: Gavi | Piedmont
Villa Sparina Resort
Frazione Monterotondo, 56 · 15066 Gavi
Phone +39 0143 607 801