portaNatura: 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.
When Caterina’s family bought La Raia estate in 2003, we both devoted ourselves to the conversion of the wine farm into a biological and then biodynamic reality. This experience lasted over five years, enabling La Raia to get also the Demeter certification, has deeply influenced our way of looking at land, nature and at our being consumers. In those years we shared our experience with several farmers of the area and we decided to give voice and space to those who, like us, had chosen to take up the biodynamic principles to cultivate the land.
From such awareness, and starting from our long experience on site, we started portaNatura, home delivery of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, wine, meat, dairy products, oil, honey and preserves, all cultivated and produced according to the principles of the modern biodynamic agriculture.
We are farmers ourselves and we propose our own products as well. By delivering products directly at home, portaNatura renews the bond between nature and people, offers genuine flavours, to be rediscovered with confidence and interpreted according to one’s own tastes.
Every week portaNatura leaves from La Raia, in the Gavi verdant hills, and in one hour it gets to Milan, Genoa and Turin.
This new initiative has been possible thanks to Caterina’s commitment and mine at La Raia. Sharing with the more and more biodynamic farms in the Gavi area adds an important aspect to the project that La Raia have been promoting for the territory since 2003. And we are proud of that.
Tom Dean, founder of portaNatura
- Steiner School
- Borgo Merlassino
- Locanda La Raia
- Fondazione La Raia
- Tenuta Cucco
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.