Our parents chose to call the company "Le Querce" after the ancient oak trees that surround our land. We are located in the village of Azeglio, which has a population of 1,200 and is situated within the Canavese morainic amphitheatre. We are right on the shores of Lake Viverone, amidst woodland and hills.
The Canavese region, less well known than the neighbouring Langhe and Roero regions, is certainly an area worth discovering for its history, nature. We recommend visiting the Serra Morenica - the largest moraine hill in Europe - and its lakes originating from the retreat of prehistoric glaciers. There are excellent food products to try as well, such as Erbaluce wine, Tome and Salignun cheeses and Miasse (sheets of corn flour mixed with water cooked on a griddle).
At the end of the 1970s, our aunt and uncle had two hives and lived in a small mountain village on the border between Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. They practised a form of beekeeping that would be almost an understatement to be referred to as "heroic" today, as the hives were kept on a mountain terrace that could only be reached on foot along a narrow mule track. It was not possible to mechanise the activity, and every visit to the hives involved carrying everything on one's back from the house to the "banche" (as the terraces are called in dialect). Towards the end of the 80s, our aunt and uncle decided to leave the bees to our father, Pino who thus began his journey in Azeglio.
At first it was a Sunday hobby for him, but after a few years the bee families began to multiply and the honey produced was so abundant that he decided, together with our mother Aurora, to establish the business. We children (Emanuele, Filippo and Gianmarco) grew up amongst bees, honey and the first markets. Over the following years, after various school and work experiences, we gradually joined the company and today we passionately carry on with the fruits of our parents' labours. In the company, therefore, all three brothers work together with our father.
We have been certified organic for several years now. The hives are coloured with water-based paints, all the organic wax produced by the bees is re-circulated for the production of new combs and treatment against varroa is carried out using an organic acid. The hives are located in uncontaminated areas, far from the impact of humans. Our laboratory is energy self-sufficient thanks to a PV solar system.