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Tenuta Il Falchetto

The Fornos have a long history in Santo Stefano Belbo, documented as early as the mid-1600's. Still today, maps of the area show the Forno farmstead, also known as Il Falchetto Estate. They are a family of winegrowers and winemakers, devoted to the vine and to wine for four generations. Pietro Forno began producing Moscato in 1940. At the end of the 70s Pietro passes the reins to the children Natalino and Luigi, who renewed the cellar and introduce advanced equipment for the processing of grapes and fermentation, improving and honing techniques, always in the maximum respect for tradition and the land. IL FALCHETTO TODAY Today the Tenuta Il Falchetto Estate, proudly managed by brothers Giorgio, Fabrizio and Adriano Forno, includes three estates in the Langhe region and three on the Monferrato hills, where there are cultivated nine varieties of different vineyards, typical of the area. Each cycle of the vineyards cultivation is carefully followed from the winter pruning to the summer thinning of the grapes, handmade method made to obtain the control of the quantity and the quality of the grape produced from each single vine. In this way the grapes left reach an uniform ripeness and prove to be far richer in aroma and colour. The grape picking is done manually in all the vineyards. The philosophy of Il Falchetto estate is that to produce only top quality wines and grant their clients to find in every bottle the highest expression of that wine produced from that single vineyard. OUR ESTATES Santo Stefano Belbo is a small but important town in Piedmont's Cuneo province, nestled on the right bank of the Tanaro river. Sandwiched between Piedmont's two most important wine areas, Langhe and Monferrato, 70% of the town's territory is planted with vineyards. The Langhe are made up of long, gently sloping hills with nearly horizontal crests above sheer ravines, while the Monferrato is formed of softly rounded hills. Cool valley floors offer a magnificent contrast to the sun-kissed ridges. Both have sedimentary soil, with an underground tufa layer covered by an extremely friable surface with few rocks. The Tenuta il Falchetto Estate's vineyards and wine cellar are on these hills. It is a land of great aromas, the perfect growing area for Piedmont's renowned grape varietals with their strong character and personality and their sweetness from the strong sun. The names alone are mouthwatering: Moscato, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, history, myth and legend. VINEYARD COMPOSITION: 50% Moscato 30% Barbera 20% other vineyards (Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero) VINEYARD METHOD: Guyot low tradition SOIL: Piedmontese Tertiary basin, composed by sedimentary alluvial marble-sand rocks deposited in sea environment around 30-35 million years ago HARVEST: 100% hand-picking Website: