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Biodynamic winery and mansion in Italy

Casas Latinas are delighted to announce a unique new property available for exclusive buyout in Italy for 2023. 

Locanda La Raia is a stunning Italian mansion situated on a 180-hectare estate including a biodynamic winery, culture centre, spa and restaurant. The house is a very special offering that compliments perfectly Casas Latinas collection of sophisticated estates, hotels and villas worldwide.

Casas Latinas has an exclusive portfolio of beautiful properties, hotels and villas across France, Italy, Spain and Latin America.  Founder and CEO of Casas Latinas Massimo Ianni says ‘At Casas Latinas our incredible properties are hand-picked for their unique credentials.  All of them have sustainability at the forefront but each has their own special appeal and dedication to providing the ultimate unique stay – reframing the experience we have and the way we travel’.

Locanda La Raia

Nestled in the heart of the rolling green Gavi hills (only one hour’s drive from Milan) this beautiful and elegant twelve room mansion is surrounded by vineyards, pastures and woods and embraces a unique eco-system created by the biodynamic farm on the estate – created by the Rossi Cairo family in 2002. The principles of the estate focus on sustainability, biodiversity, and conservation of the Gavi landscape. A unique and special property rooted in nature, Locanda La Raia is perfect for a family holiday or group of friends who are looking for an authentic Italian country-chic experience where they can also learn and discover the fascinating process of biodynamic wine making.

The building and grounds were refurbished recently by architects Demicisarchitetti who restored the original arched and vaulted ceilings and added large windows which overlook the vines of the estate.  An Italian-style herb garden greets visitors and there is a larger landscaped garden near the vineyards for guests to relax in. 

The bedrooms and suites at Locanda La Raia have a refined Italian colour palette inspired by the beautiful painted mansions of the Novi Ligure region.  Vintage inspired interiors are furnished with antique Piedmont furnishings, contemporary design pieces as well as historical family paintings, and works from the collection of the art gallery Viasaterna in Milan.  

The 180-hectare organic certified farm on the estate produces wine – Gavi DOCG, Piemonte Barbera DOC, as well as ancient grains and honey, while Fassona cows graze free-range on the pastures surrounded by woods of chestnut trees and acacias. The estate also includes a kindergarten and a Steiner school, as well as the headquarters of Fondazione La Raia, a foundation devoted to arts, culture, and landscape, which hosts works by international artists who display artwork around the estate.

Locanda La Raia’s food concept is natural, seasonal and organic with produce from small holders. Expect homemade bread, jams, and omelettes enriched with herbs from the vegetable garden, honey, and grains for breakfast.  For lunch guests can request a picnic basket and relax in the shade of the trees surrounding the lake. Guests can also celebrate the tea ritual every afternoon with fresh homemade cakes. At Aperitivo time, the bar in the large sitting room overlooking the vineyards is the perfect place for a relaxing drink. 

The Locanda’s restaurant

The restaurant at Locanda La Raia is centred around Gavi cuisine as a unique with influences from Liguria and Piedmont. Season menus feature produce from the biodynamic farm La Raia, such as ancient grains, fruit and vegetables from the vegetable garden and eggs and meat from the free-range Fassona cows. 

Aside from à la carte menus, guests can select a tasting menu that includes a selection of wines – Gavi and Barolo – produced by the Rossi Cairo family respectively at La Raia and Tenuta Cucco in the Langhe region. Dinner at the Locanda is always special: small round tables decorated with garden flowers, candles, and white linen tablecloths create a unique intimate atmosphere. 

The Locanda’s Spa

There is a pampering treatment room situated among the vineyards with a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool, that can be used all year round. The fully equipped gym has a view of the garden. A fitness trail at the foot of the hills allows you to work out outside. 

The Bottega 

All of La Raia farm’s biodynamic products are available for purchase on-site, from the wines of La Raia winery to the various types of honey. Piedmont products also include the wines from Tenuta Cucco, a winery owned by the Rossi Cairo family at Serralunga d’Alba: Barolo, like famous Cerrati cru, Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba and a special Chardonnay. And many more delicacies, such as chocolate. 


Locanda La Raia provides an abundance of options for nature enthusiasts to explore and learn about the area. The wine cellar is a must-see, and it’s accessible via a path inside the estate. The Cortese and Piemonte Barbera vineyards, with a sampling of wines from La Raia and Tenuta Cucco, are also fascinating.  With the help of a personal guide, you’ll learn about La Raia’s unique ecology, which includes woodlands, fields, pastures, and vineyards that are home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. Three golf courses, old villages, and the interesting archeological site Libarna are all within a few minutes’ drive of the Locanda.  Walking, running, bike riding or horse-riding are also available on request.