Donadei-Fabiani, Piedmont

Donadei-Fabiani, Piedmont

The Donadei and Fabiani families have been making wine at Clavesana, near Dogliani, Piedmont, since 1700. In 1998 Fabrizio Fabiani and Andrea Luzi formally teamed up as the Luzi Donadei Fabiani cantina, with Fabrizio Fabiani responsible for tending and vinifying the 13.5 hectares of vineyards, 90% Dolcetto, that sit at 400 metres above sea level, on almost chalky white calcareous soils, perched overlooking the village of Clavesana below. Clavesana, along with Farigliano and Dogliani itself, forms part of the (Dolcetto) Dogliani DOCG zone, due south west of the Langhe, facing the Alps.

Fabrizio Fabiani, aided by his wife Antornella, and daughter Francesca, graduated from wine school in 1979, and started bottling at the family cantina in 1980. At the heart of the cantina lies the Vigneto Conzia, a steeply sloped, amphitheatric shaped vineyard, whose fruit is central to their Dogliani DOCG wine: a 100% Dolcetto, vinified in only stainless steel, so capturing the beautifully fresh, violet scented perfume of the grape. (Formerly labelled as ‘Dolcetto di Dogliani’, from vintage 2012 the region graduated to ‘DOCG’, losing the reference to ‘Dolcetto’ in the process.)

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