Return to the Origin

"Fonte + Chiara"

​A few words about us...

​​​Inspired by an innate love of the land, a number of years back our family 
decided to return to our origins to relive the wine-making tradition of earlier generations.
Not just an exercise in nostalgia, we 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 outochthonous varieties.


And thus we embarked on this unusual and challenging adventure, ruled by the rhythms of nature.



The new vines were planted an the extreme eastern slopes of the Novara Hills, 
in areas particulary suited for growing the local grape varieties of Nebbiolo and Vespolina, and we adopted methods designed to give priority to achieving fruit of the highest quality.

Organic fertilizations, 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. 


We 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.

Traditional Approach & Advanced Technology

Cantina Fontechiara