Nicola Corti, owner of the Fratelli Corti winery in Balerna, humbly welcomes us to visit his estate and will gladly talk about his wines. Let us introduce you to this winemaker who has won many awards for his Merlots and discover activities for everyone at this southern tip of Ticino.
Close to Chiasso in Balerna, in the Mendrisiotto, in the south of Ticino, Nicola Corti welcomes you to taste his wines from the Fratelli Corti winery in Balerna.
Fratelli Corti is the oldest winery in Ticino (1792). It is an old tavern that used to accommodate travellers on horseback. Nicola Corti is the seventh generation to operate the winery. He took over the estate in 1996 and produces his own wines. He also continues the tradition of the 3 Corti brothers with the importation of Italian wines.
Nicola Corti: a discreet and talented winemaker
This winemaker frequently receives awards for his wines in national and international competitions. His Merlots, in particular the Tre Corti or the Lenéo, are the most decorated.
“The Merlots of southern Ticino are successful, because they are round and very pleasant to drink. “
During your visit to Fratelli Corti, ask Nicola to take you to his vineyards. With all his heart and passion, he will only be too happy to tell his story of his vineyard. They are located in the Sottoceneri, between Balerna and Salorino.
2 ideal spring events to taste Corti wines
Every year, the winery participates in the Ticino open cellars days which take place in the springtime. And if you do not have the opportunity to go to Balerna, take a trip to Arvinis or Divinum to taste the Corti wines.
Step back in time for a wine tasting you won’t forget
In this tasting room, you will feel carried back in time, as if you were in 1792… you can sense the atmosphere of the times of the Corleone, looking at the pictures on the walls, the decoration and the furniture.
Nicola Corti also welcomes companies for tasting in small groups
In groups of 10 people, with your clients or your colleagues for an evening, Nicola Corti will oversee your tasting in person. He only receives a few groups throughout the year, because he feels it is important for him to take care of his guests.
We take this opportunity to let you into a little secret: Nicola Corti might offer you a game of billiards after the tasting 😉
If you arrange to go in small groups or between friends and colleagues, to enjoy the tasting, make sure of the availability of Nicola Corti and call before you go! Do not forget that he is alone in the vineyard and in the winery.
Shopping, archaeological park, walks and wines in southern Ticino
Singles, couples, shopaholics or families will find their choice of activity around the Fratelli Corti winery in Balerna:
- Visit to the Archaeological Park of Tremona.
- The Fossil Museum
- Walks through the vineyards.
- The Mendrisio market every Wednesday from 9 am, an ideal opportunity to discover the local products of Ticino.
- Or a shopping trip in Fox Town.