Le Piane Masterclass with Christoph Kuenzli
The estate of Le Piane located in Boca is the realization of Christoph Kuenzli’s dream. The Boca wine region is the most eastern and highest one (420 – 520m) in Piedmont , situated between Valle Sesia and Lake Orta and nestled in the foothills of the Lower Alps. By the early 1990s when Christoph first visited Boca the appellation’s vineyards covered only 25 acres, down from almost 10,000 in the late 1800s. Shockingly, this was in the birthplace of Nebbiolo (locally know as Spanna), an area the Count Cavour considered the equal of great Burgundy crus. But phylloxera and depopulation had taken its toll, and Boca was in danger of disappearing.
Kuenzli, a Swiss wine merchant, and his friend enologist Alexander Trolf, were tipped off by Paolo de Marchi (of Isole e Olena) a native of neighbouring Lessona to taste the wines of Antonio Cerri. At 80 years old, Cerri was one of the last vignerons still working but was ready for retirement. Following a tasting of Cerri’s wines Christoph and Alexander decided to purchase the vineyards, the barrels (still full), a nice archive of library vintages, and a small broken down building right in the middle of the vineyards. With passion and hard work they transformed Le Piane into one of Italy’s most revered estates. Following their success, Boca now boasts ten producers and 75 acres under vine.
Join Christoph to learn about Boca’s winning combination of soil and microclimate and why it is the perfect representation of Alto Piedmonte.
2017 Le Piane Maggiorina
2018 Le Piane Maggiorina
2017 Le Piane Mimmo
2015 Le Piane Piane
2016 Le Piane Piane
2012 Le Piane Boca
2013 Le Piane Boca
2015 Le Piane Boca
$35.00 ticket price includes seminar. tasting of 8 wines, and cheese and charcuterie accompaniments.