Empson USA Bongiovanni

Fact Sheet

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Location: Castiglione Falletto, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Bongiovanni was founded in 1950 by Giovanni Bongiovanni, a grass-roots man with a profound instinct for soil potential. Today the estate is run by his daughter, Olga Bongiovanni, and his grandnephew, Davide Mozzone, who also acts as the winemaker. .

Points of Differentiation

  • A modern winemaking style that never contradicts Bongiovanni’s Langhe heritage
  • The Bongiovanni philosophy aims at minimizing outside intervention and maximizing character
  • The winery is ideally located in Castiglione Falletto
  • All indigenous varieties with the exception of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • A focus on producing red wines that combine character and concentration with consumer-friendly versatility

The History

The Bongiovanni farmstead (“cascina” in Italian; pronounced ka-shee´-nah) dates back to the early 1950s, when Giovanni Bongiovanni, a grass-roots man with a profound instinct for soil potential, purchased it. Giovanni planted a Nebbiolo vineyard where there had been nothing but untamed woodland - he struck gold. Giovanni began to sell his grapes with the intent of eventually being able to bottle his on wines.

By the 1960s, Giovanni was reserving part of the crop every year to produce his own wines while selling the rest to buy equipment for the cellar. Sadly, Giovanni did not live long enough to see his entire crop vinified under his own label. In the 1980s, his daughter Olga took over running the estate and fulfilled her father’s dream of selling the first Bongiovanni wines.

The 90s were a turning point for Bongiovanni when Olga’s nephew, Davide Mozzone became the winemaker. Davide’s first step was to cut down on quantity to enhance the soil’s potential and maximize quality, at first even resorting to secretly green harvesting at night to elude Olga’s more conservative views. The result are modern red wines that combine character, concentration, and consumer-friendly versatility. This appealing contemporary style never contradicts their Langhe heritage.

Bongiovanni now covers seven hectares (17.3 acres) under vine, and the range comprises one intriguing, fragrant native white: Arneis. Davide is flanked by his wife Marina and by top agronomist Gian Piero Romana, as attentive to every detail in the vineyard as the young owner himself. Total yearly production averages 30-35,000 bottles, and the Bongiovanni philosophy aims at minimizing outside intervention and maximizing character.

The Terroir

Bongiovanni’s vineyards are located in Monforte, Serralunga, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba and Dogliani. The vineyards range from 985 to 1,215 feet above sea level and are planted on soil composed of silt and clay.