We believe in a healthy and good quality agriculture, which preserves the land in favour of future generations
In 2003, my family and I acquired the farms of La Raia, within the gentle hills of Gavi, in southern Piedmont. My children suggested engaging in the biodynamic – organic approach in order to recover the original features of this terroir, which have been cherishing the indigenous Cortese vine for centuries.
This approach was coherent with my desire of creating a balanced and harmonious place in all its components: agricultural and landscape, but also architectural, social and cultural.
La Raia was born from that intuition, a biodynamic Demeter certified farm, which now extends over 180 hectares of vineyards, pastures, fields and woodlands. Other projects were added to La Raia’s farming activities during the years: a Waldorf school, managed by my daughter Caterina Rossi Cairo with the “Intorno al Melo” association and portaNatura, an initiative wanted by her husband Tom Dean, devoted to production, sale and home delivery of fruits, vegetables and other organic goods.
We recently completed the renovation of Borgo Merlassino, a small accommodation site immersed in the quietness of Gavi, which opens its doors to whom wishes to fully live nature. In April 2017, Locanda La Raia has opened its doors: once a place where wayfarers could rest and get some food, Locanda offers a new idea of hospitality made of simplicity and relaxed pace, with discreet and dedicated service, all in a sophisticated space marked by the interaction with the beauty of the surrounding nature.
The awareness of the importance of a healthy, high quality and sustainable agriculture which values diversities and preserves the terroir favouring future generations led us to accomplish new initiatives.
We became shareholders of the company EcorNaturaSì, the most important production and distribution company of organic and biodynamic products. In January 2015 we also acquired Tenuta Cucco, with its cru Cucco and Cerrati in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the most renowned areas for Barolo production and recent entry into the Unesco World Heritage List, thanks to its landscapes and vineyards. A new aspect of this project which we are passionate about and which will drive us to extend the organic method over Tenuta Cucco’s vineyards.
Finally, me and my family established the Fondazione La Raia- arte cultura territorio (La Raia Foundation– art culture territory) with the aim of nationally promoting a critical reflection over the vast topic of landscape. Artists, intellectuals and landscape architects are called to intervene on the location in order to create a chance of further interpretation and new identity.
Our engagement in such articulated project is continuously renovating and getting richer of new initiatives. Involving ever more participants, friends and those passionate about agriculture which represents the roots of our future.
We invite you to come and visit us and take part of this project.
Giorgio Rossi Cairo
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The seed of the pedagogic project
I moved to La Raia in 2003 and, while my husband Tom was converting the land to the biodynamic approach, I started the first initiatives for children which brought to the birth of Intorno al melo, no profit association promoting Steiner pedagogy…
Nature at your doorstep
portaNatura is an enterprise strongly desired and directly experienced by me and my wife Caterina. We transformed our beliefs, studies and passions in a family enterprise, which involves other families as well: those of farmers and breeders, of the suppliers working with them, and of those who choose to buy their products…
Wake up at La Raia!
Within the biodynamic estate La Raia there are several farmsteads which date back to the XIX century: homes, barns, wide arcades and old tanks witness an authentic agricultural world which we have fully recovered with our project of biodynamic farming.
The green mansion in the Gavi hills
Once a place where wayfarers could rest and get some food, Locanda offers a new idea of hospitality made of simplicity and relaxed pace, with discreet and dedicated service, all in a sophisticated space marked by the interaction with the beauty of the surrounding nature.
Tenuta Cucco in Serralunga d’Alba, at the roots of the renowned XIV century castle that dominates the whole Langhe albesi area. The name recalls its altitude, “cucco” in local dialect, the summit of the hill in which Vigna Cucco, the most ancient vineyard, is located.
Art Culture Territory
On June the 22nd 2013 the Fondazione La Raia – arte cultura territorio was born, wanted by Giorgio Rossi Cairo and managed by his wife Irene Crocco, art dealer. The foundation aims at promoting, on a national scale, critical reflections on the landscape, through contributions from various fields of study.