Producer: Fabio Gea
Area: Piemonte, Italy
The Barbaresco area of Piemonte is one dominated by relatively intensive vine growing and uninteresting, oak dominated wine making. Here, just outside Neive, Fabio Gea has started to do something really special. With just one hectare of vines inherited from his grandfather, Fabio is farming and making wine in a way that is in stark contrast to the bulk of his neighbors and follows the true tradition of the area and in particular of his Nòtu - respecting the land and the vine.
The vines are co planted with fruit trees and Fabio treats the vines with only small amounts of copper and Sulphur, along with plant based remedies. In the cellar Fabio does use wood but focuses more on his experiments with porcelain vessels (of which he is the designer), glass demijohns and earthenware. His wines are charged and intense whether the more classic expressions of Nebbiolo or his vibrant Grignolino. To complete the package the wines are labelled with handmade paper and numbered in pencil.
Fermentation takes place in concrete and aging is in barrel for three years. The wine is then aged for a further six months in homemade porcelain jars