Our story

The house in which you are was built during the 18th century and it was bought during the 19th century by Francesco Bongiovanni, known as Chin, who was our great-grandfather.

“My name is Bongiovanni Francesco, I was born on 15th January 1911 in Treiso, in the farm called Magallo. I had two sisters, one of them was born in 1912 and the other one in 1914; I had also a brother who was born in 1920: we ere 4 children. My father was Secondo and my mother was Albesano Pierina. We worked in the farm called Magallo… I was 23 years old when my father wanted to move to Il Bricco, as he loved it. My grandfather [Francesco Bongiovanni called Chin, ndr] had divided his children, my uncles, who were Carlo, the twins Giovanni and Secondo (my father), Sebastiano and Cesare. We made a debt of 30.000 lire and we had to pay that amount to my uncles who had had a smaller part than us. We moved to Il Bricco: the farm produced many grapes but for 3 or 4 years the hailstorm picked our vineyards and we couldn’t pay our debts. After 10 years the things changed and we could pay them. We were glad to stay at Il Bricco, it was a nice place and we liked it… we stayed well there. We had to work hard, we did hand works. I got married in January 1939 with Maria Vola from Neviglie. She was born in 1914 and in 1940 I was called off to war. Maria, my wife, was in the home with my parents… she worked and she did the toughest jobs. I had joined the army, my brother Giovanni left for the war when he was 20 years old and my sisters got married. When the war finished, I came back home and I started to work hard again. In 1948 Olga was born. In 1968 we decided to build a new house in the center of the village as the house of Il Bricco was old. Then we made sacrifices and Olga studied to become a teacher. For us the best pride was having a daughter working as teacher. In that period teachers were not so many, just one for each village. When Olga was 18 years old, she got the qualification and she started working in Treiso’s school… and she has always been in there”.

from “Ti regalo una storia”, collection of biographical stories.

In 1973 Olga got married with Pierino Destefanis, who was born in 1948 in Castiglione Falletto, within Langa del Barolo area. His father, Giacinto Destefanis, born in 1892, came from the largest family of sharecroppers in Castiglione Falletto village. His mother, Maria Oberto, born in 1907, came from a family of small sharecroppers in the same village. Piero and Olga got married in 1973 and they went to live in the house in Treiso village. In 1976 Serena was born and in 1981 Alice was born. In 2002 the family decided to restore the house to make it habitable again. The works finished in October 2005 and the story of Agriturismo started. Today at Il Bricco Serena lives with her husband Gianluca and their kids Zack & Eleonora.