Giada Codecasa, with her father Vittorio, founded Cà Nova in 1996 when they decided to breathe new life into their 17th-century farmhouse and restore the surrounding abandoned vineyards. Today, the estate spans 25 acres of vineyards planted to Erbaluce, Nebbiolo and Vespolina on the gentle slopes of the Novara hills in Bogogno, the heart of Piedmont, at the foot of the spectacular Monte Rosa massif. Estate vineyards traverse three distinct terroirs, and grapes are matched appropriately to yield the most expressive results. Although not officially certified, Giada and Vittorio practice organic farming and the property is complete with a quaint, eight-room Inn with a solar greenhouse employed to produce clean energy and cultivate vegetables without chemical products. Believed to be an offspring of Nebbiolo, Vespolina is most often blended with its parent grape and rarely seen on its own. Hence, we were thrilled upon tasting this stunning, stand-alone, 100% Vespolina which has quite a lot going on! Aromas of white pepper, dried cherry, tobacco and violet abound on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate exhibits dense black cherry, black currant and subtle black licorice spice. Fresh and plush with slightly grippy tannins, this feels exactly like a baby Nebbiolo!