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Cantina Fontechiara

Inspired by an innate love of the land, a number of years back their family 
decided to return to the origins to relive the wine-making tradition of earlier generations.
 Not just an exercise in nostalgia, they ended up overhauling the old farmstead; 
the farmhouse and “casotti” (vineyard sheds) were restored, 
a natural spring on the property was brought back to life, and upon the advice 
of expert oenologists and experienced local viticulturists,  the vineyard were replanted to autochthonous varieties.
 Thus they embarked on this unusual and challenging adventure, ruled by the rhythms of nature.

The new vines were planted on the extreme eastern slopes of the Novara Hills, 
in areas particularly suited for growing the local grape varieties of Nebbiolo and Vespolina, and they adopted methods designed to give priority to achieving fruit of the highest quality.
 Organic fertilization, low yields per hectare and drastic selection in the vineyards 
lead to the perfectly matured grapes used in making our wines, where we follow a 
traditional approach employing advanced technology. 
The resulting wines exalt the particular characteristics of each grape. 
They avoid using chemicals, which end up as residue in the wine, convinced that this is best for both the health of our planet and of those who drink our wines, which are all “natural”, each produces from a single grape variety.
The name Fontechiara is a combination of two names: it’s a tribute to Chiara, 
and to the natural water spring, in Italian “fonte”, found in the property by a water diviner.

Giancarlo Ferrari works firsthand in a vineyard and in a co-owned cellar by a team of experienced agronomists and oenologists. Chiara, his wife, joins him in company work and both travel to promote Fontechiara abroad.

The name Fontechiara is a combination of two names: it’s a tribute to Chiara, and to the natural water spring, in Italian “fonte”, found in the property by a water diviner.

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