Valle Roncati is a small producer based in the village of Briona, about 20KM from Novara and 40KM from the start of the Alps. They work with a number of small DOCs and one DOCG, Ghemme. We have selected the wines from two of these.
One is Fara, a tiny DOC which is only 5 hectares in size, amongst the smallest in Italy. The wines are based on Nebbiolo, but peppered with other varieties from the region, namely Vespolina and Uva Rara. The former of these is a black-pepper spicy black variety and the latter, also known as Bonarda Novarese, is also rich and dark, so these varieties bring another dimension to the elegant Nebbiolo.
The other DOC is Sizzano, a sub-region which you will be forgiven for having never heard of before. Also a Nebbiolo with a splash of Vespolina and Uva Rara, but these two wines couldn't be more different from each other, and that just goes to show 'terroir' at work.