Founded in 1997 by Corrado Fassa and his wife Cecilia, this winery is set in the foothills of the Alps at Valle Roncati, almost in the shadow of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa and looking down on the rice fields of the Po Valley.
Establishing their own vineyards was a work of the heart for Corrado and Cecilia, reviving a family tradition of growing and winemaking in the Fassa family that had seemingly ended with his grandfather Giuseppe.
The future now appears assured as the couple's sons are working at the estate. Now they farm 9 hectares of vines above 260 metres altitude, spread across Briona, Sizzano and Ghemme. They are supplied with abundant water and cooling breezes from the mountains, and the low-vigour, pebbly clay soil is densely planted to ensure competition between the vines, reducing their vigour and forcing the vine to focus its energies on the production of fruit.
A great deal here is done by hand, including the harvest, and great care is taken to respect the environment. The winery is modest, one might say compact, consisting of only four rooms close to the family home, and it requires a careful balancing act to have everything in the right place at the right time.
Maceration and fermentation take place in modern stainless-steel tanks before the wines see time in oak vessels of various sizes.
Nebbiolo, barbera, vespolina and uva rara are all native varieties of the region grown by the Fassa family in the area where they have deep roots, just like their vines.