Cantina Togliana
Carema, Piemonte

The town of Carema, population 800, is located an hour’s drive north of Turin, tucked up underneath the Vallee d’Aosta border. The Nebbiolo-based wines of this area would already be rare due to the denomination’s tiny size, only 16 hectares (39.5 acres) in total. In truth, the winemaking culture here nearly disappeared, due to the vagaries of post-war economic change combined with the difficulty of farming the steep-terraced vineyards, which surround Carema in a natural amphitheater. Just five or six other producers farm 1 or 2 hectares each. Their heroic restoration work has saved this completely unique terroir--the grapes are trained on pergolas!--from oblivion. The pergola training--once a way to combine agriculture with viticulture in order to utilize every inch of the terrace’s hillsides--are not the only unique aspect of this terroir. The soils are mostly sand, with glacial stones of serpentine and gneiss and a small portion of chalk. The pH of the soil is very acidic, quite different from the Langhe. They are contrasted from the Alto Piemonte subzones such as Bramaterra, whose volcanic soil brings rusty notes and bigger tannins, though perhaps fans of the sandier Lessona could find some comparison. In total, the Carema wines are minerality-defined: you can feel the stones. Another distinction is tannins that.

Achille Milanesio was born in Ivrea in 1965 from a family of vine-nursery-men. The Milanesios have owned small terraces ( around 1 hectare) for several generations and their vines comes from a careful massal selections of the best Nebbiolo in the area, from the oldest and most balanced vineyards. The Carema Riserva comes from a couple of terraces in the higher plots, while L’Arsin ( = the grape cluster) is a selection of all the property vineyards.

Wines avaialble:
Carema 'L'Arsin
Carema Riserva