The boutique estate of Platinetti Guidois located in the northern Piedmont region of Ghemme, in the province of Novara on the eastern side of the Sesia River. Here owner, farmer and winemaker Andrea Fontana has been making wine for over 25 years and continues to carry on the family tradition that began with his grandfather at the start of the 20th century. The majority of his vines lie in Ronco Maso, one of the most iconic and challenging sites in the region. This southwestern facing vineyard Ronco Maso was originally formed by the flow of the Monte Rosa glacier and the River Sesia. The high levels of minerals and organic matter found in the soil here force the vine roots to travel down to the deepest layers of the soil in search of nutrients and minerals, thus giving wines their signature complexity, minerality and character.
In total Andrea owns and farms just 5 hectares of vineyards, with Nebbiolo covering 80% of the production and the remainder a mix of Vespolina and Barbera from Colline Novaresi. Each wine follows natural grape growing and winemaking processes, maintaining the family tradition of utilizing only stainless steel and large Slavonian oak barrels. Although Andrea is a relatively unknown producer, he has been crafting some of the region’s most exciting and expressive wines and will only continue to grow in fame as his wines reach further shores.