The Bovone family herald from Ovada where they were wine merchants until Gian Piero Bovone bought the Cornarea estate back in 1974. Having studied oenology, Gian Piero had figured out that reductive, anaerobic winemaking was the key to vinifying Arneis. He then invested in the single vineyard of 15 hectares overlooking the small town of Canale, where he had the foresight to replant almost the entire hill to the white Arneis grape, culminating, in 1981, with their first single varietal wine.
The key to Cornarea’s high quality white wine Arneis DOCG (in north-west Piedmont in Italy) is ‘la terra’: 30 million year old Miocene former sea bed soils rich in marine fossils, water retentive ‘agrilla di Lugagnano’ & minerally magnesium, that originates from Monte Rosa. In fact so rich is the soil in magnesium that a couple of doctors from nearby Canale made their fortune selling salt of magnesium, dug up locally, as a remedy during the late 19th century. The presence of magnesium, giving minerality to the wine, is apparently common to three villages: Canale, Montà, & Monteu Roero.
From vintage 2021, Pier & Gian will release their Roero DOCG vigna Santa Margherita; from c.45 yo Nebbiolo vines, vinified in static-stainless steel, with regular delestaggio/rack n’ return for 10 days, followed by ageing in second fill French tonneaux of 500L.
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Roero Arneis, Canale
Roero Arneis Riserva ‘En Ritard’, Canale
Barbera d’Alba, Castagnito
Nebbiolo d’Alba, Canale
Roero DOCG, Canale