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Azienda Agricola Fontechiara: 45.698944, 8.462454

Piedmont is world-renowned for its age-worthy stunning wines made from Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.  Like Burgundy, prices can reach the stratosphere, but with some careful searching we have found some lovely wines that taste more expensive than actually are.

Azienda Agricola Fontechiara

Located in the northeastern portion of Piedmont, in the town of Borgomanero, Azienda Agricola Fontechiara, run by the Ferrari family (no relation to the carmaker or to our Irancy producer – that we know of), is a small (3.5 hectares) producer who makes gorgeously perfumed wines.  Their densely-planted vineyards (1 meter x 2 meters) are rooted on southeast-facing slopes in the foothills of the Alps, in the Colline Novaresi, leading to cold nights and warm days.  Perfect for balanced grapes.

Any and all chemicals are banned from the vineyards and only natural methods are used to maintain the health of the vines and the soils.  Biodiversity is encouraged as the family feels this is the best way to guarantee the future well-being of their vines and the quality of their wines.  Harvest is by hand, and wild yeasts are left to their devices to ferment the wines.  Fermentation is done in stainless steel, after which time the wines are aged in French oak barrels.  No SO2 is added as the wines are already so stable that there is no need for it.


The Fontechiara Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo is a bright, perfumy expressions of the grape, with rose petals, tar and beautiful dark fruit on an elegant frame that ends with a long, long finish.  Our first sample bottle lasted several days open as we went back to it over and over again.  We couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was.