Istituto Superiore di Stato “Umberto Primo”


Established in 1881 and renowned all over Italy as an Oenology School, the Umberto I School is a hub of knowledge in the winemaking world.
Its most important teaching laboratories are the agricultural enterprise and the experimental winery – not to mention the vineyards where the students in the higher grades acquire their practical skills. One of the wines produced by the students under the close supervision of the teachers and technical personnel is a red wine called Valelapena, the outcome of a prison rehabilitation programme which involves the collaboration of the Alba Penitentiary and the Local Alba-Bra Operational Group.


The agricultural enterprise stretches over 10 ha, home to 30 grape varieties, including both international varieties and others that represent the territory.


Guiding the fifth and sixth year students are the school’s Viticulture and Oenology teachers.


Although the company is quite distinctive, the visitors are welcome for a tour of the winery which includes – in addition to winetasting – the illustration of the Oenology School’s peculiar laboratories.


Barolo DOCG “Castello”
Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC
Barbera d’Alba DOC “Vigna Conti”
Barbera d’Alba DOC
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC
Langhe DOC Freisa
Langhe DOC rosso “Umberto Primo”
Rosso da tavola “Valelapena”
Spumante metodo classico
Langhe DOC bianco
Langhe Arneis DOC
Langhe Charonnay DOC


Corso Enotria 2
Alba (CN)
Tel. 0173 366822


Parking lot across from the winery
You can purchase wines on the spot
Payment by debit and credit card
Handicap accessible
Typical restaurant nearby


When it comes to measuring up with other schools, the young people from the Oenology School often distinguish themselves. Here are some of their most recent awards:
.. Honourable mention conferred by the Foligno e Valle del Clitunno Unesco Club “La fabbrica del Paesaggio” (The Landscape Factory)
.. 2nd Oenology Contest Italian Agriculture Schools, for the Dolcetto DOC
.. 1st Oenology Contest Italian Agriculture Schools, for the Classic method sparkling wine


Free guided tour of the winery and the School’s laboratories


Free winetasting


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