Location:Castiglione Falletto, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.
The Bongiovanni farmstead (“cascina” in Italian; pronounced ka-shee´-nah) dates back to the early 1950s, when it was purchased by Giovanni Bongiovanni, a grass-roots man with a profound instinct for soil potential. Giovanni planted a Nebbiolo vineyard where there had been nothing but untamed woodland: he struck gold, yet never got to bottle his own wine. The estate was left to his daughter Olga and it grew to cover premier hillside vineyards of Langhe. Grapes were all indigenous varieties with one noble “foreigner”, Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter – and a good number of other innovations – were due to Olga’s young nephew and winemaker, Davide Mozzone, who has also taken total surface under vine to the present 17.3 acres.
Davide Mozzone was born at Castiglione Falletto and grew up on his maternal grandfather’s farm (“cascina” in Italian; hence the full name of the winery, which Giovanni Bongiovanni founded in 1950). Young Mozzone lived and breathed the family tradition, taking his first steps among the vineyards and inevitably choosing to become a winemaker. Davide’s first vintage was 1993, and showed a style confirmed by subsequent vintages: luscious, muscly yet modern reds combining character, concentration and consumer-friendly versatility. Davide’s modern style never contradicts the Langhe heritage, as we can see from the labels themselves. “My wine labels speak of our roots, our history: I have chosen to maintain my grandfather’s surname on Bongiovanni bottles rather than replace it with my own, Mozzone, in homage to his vision and dedication, and as a sign of continuity ”
Davide is flanked by wife, Marina and top agronomist Gian Piero Romana. The estate covers 6.2 hectares (17.3 acres) under vine, for a yearly production of 30,000-35,000 bottles.