If the Brezzo family have learnt anything over the last seventy-five years of bee-keeping, it’s not to mess with a perfect product. Their honey is prized all over Italy because they leave the making of it to the bees – no preservatives, no sweeteners, no flavour enhancers. With their hives in tow, they travel across the Italian countryside in search of the best flowers and pollen. Once they have found a good spot for the hives, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and watch their little workers make something truly special. Then, when the bees are full of nectar and all tired out, the Brezzos return home and bottle the honey within hours to preserve its purity and taste, just as nature intended.
A Family Affair
It was a passion for the truly authentic, natural honey made in their hometown of Roero that got the Brezzos started – that, and grandfather Gervasio’s genuine love for bees. His enthusiasm was infectious from the beginning, and it’s stayed in the family ever since. Alongside his brother Carlo, they quickly established themselves as a go-to name in honey crafting. Over the years, their reputation has grown, and they’ve passed down their knowledge and beliefs through the generations. Gervasio’s grandson’s (Andrea and Fabio) might be running the business now, but his passion for the Italian countryside and the amazing produce it creates is still evident in every last drop of honey.
When Gervasio loaded his bees on to the back of his bike and cycled them all the way up to the foothills of Cuneo, people thought he was crazy. But he had an idea. He knew that his honey tasted slightly different each year, depending on which flowers were in bloom, and wanted to reach the heights where the Rhododendrons grew. He had a feeling that their sweet flowers would make even sweeter honey.
They didn’t call him crazy for very long – in fact, nomadic beekeeping is all the rage now, and the Brezzo family are keeping up the tradition that their grandfather started. From the Rhododendrons in Alpine valleys to the wildflower meadows of Piedmont (which the Brezzos call home) every pot of honey is infused with a different taste of the Italian countryside.
Although they travel all over Italy, the Brezzos will always call Monteu Roero home - that’s where they’ve been based for over seventy-five years now, and for good reason. Nestled in the rolling Piedmontese foothills, with views over the lush countryside of Northern Italy, it’s a place where man meets nature. In fact, that’s just one of the reasons why this area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 – as “an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment.” The family make amazing honey wherever they are in Italy – but there’s no place quite like home.