Wineries

Azienda Agricola La Chiara

Piemonte

La Chiara was founded in the 1960s, when the Bergaglios, who were already working in the wine production sector as estate managers at the La Scolca winery, decided to set up a company of their own.
The estate's great leap forward in quality took place during the ‘70s, when its vineyard holdings in the commune of Gavi itself (around 20 hectares/49.5 acres) were enlarged, and when it leased a part of the Groppella cru in the hamlet of Rovereto, part of the Giustiniana hill. This sub-zone has always been famous for its suitability for cultivating Cortese grapes, thanks to a favourable microclimate and stony soils, made up of limestone with outcrops of red clay. Five hectares (12.4 acres) of new vineyards are currently being planted with Cortese, and here the Bergaglios have selected some new clones of particularly high quality.
The special selection, Gavi di Gavi Groppella, is vinified in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and then matures partly in barriques and partly in stainless steel. Around 60-70% of the newly-fermented wine is racked into barriques (some are new, whereas the others are one or two years old), where it undergoes its malolactic fermentation and is subject to frequent bâtonnage.