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For seventy-five years the name Antonio Vallana has meant great Piemontese Nebbiolo, yet their extraordinarily complex, long-lived wines come not from Barolo or Barbaresco but from the region's other great terroir, the Novara hills of Alto Piemonte.
Here, in the town of Maggiora 100 miles northeast of the Langhe, Antonio's son Bernardo was making Spanna—as Nebbiolo is known in Alto Piemonte—in the late 1950s that took its place easily alongside the wines of Giacomo Conterno and Bartolo Mascarello on the very short list of consistently great Piedmont producers at that time.
Over the next decade or two, Bernardo's wines—bearing cuvée names like Montalbano, Cantina del Camino and Spanna del Piemonte—became well known as blue chips for Italian wine collectors in the New York area.
But this was not the end of Vallana's winemaking story.
Today Antonio Vallana's great-grandchildren Marina and Francis are using many of the same traditional methods and vineyards to fashion wines that would make their ancestors proud: wines of brilliant character that make no concessions to trends, and that are completely true to their place and history.
It is our privilege to be able to offer you a chance to experience these quintessential examples of a noble winemaking tradition, with the family that created them.
SPACE IS LIMITED: 20 Tickets (available)
Join WineOnline.ca, Canada's #1 Online Retailer of Fine Wine for a wine tasting that you may never forget. This event will be held at Buca, 604 King Street West in Toronto. The price of tickets is $299 + HST (includes tutored tasting + dinner).
Hosted by Francis Fogarty (Owner and Winemaker at Vallana)
"Intense, traditionally-made wines that ooze with character." - Robert Parker
"Vallana creates Spanna with extraordinary life spans, their breeding, substance and longevity showing no compromise whatever with conceptions of mass consumerism." – Burton Anderson
"Simply put, I can't recommend the best of these current releases highly enough." - Antonio Galloni
Enjoy a chef created menu paired with these extraordinary wines:
Sunday June 2nd, 2019 - 7pm
604 King St W, (entrance will be located at the King Street alley), Toronto, ON M5V 1M6