Nizza Monferrato, Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Tenuta Foresto is located in the hills of Nizza Monferrato, in the heart of Asti (Piemonte), Italy. Francesco Pozzobon started realizing his dream here in the winter of 2016/17: setting up a vineyard and producing wine. He has taken over a semi-abandoned farm with vineyard that has not been intensively cultivated for years. A perfect condition for what he had in mind, surrounded by forest so that the chemicals used in adjacent conventional vineyards do not transfer to his vines.
Francesco's aim is to influence the natural ecosystem as little as possible. By listening to the seasons, he has regained the productivity of the land to give their vines a fertile place. Their wine cellar is a well-insulated and semi-underground cellar where seasonal temperatures are followed without burdening the wine.
The grapes are placed in wooden or cement tanks of 35-50 hl and spontaneous fermentation takes place with skin contact. The maturation is for about 12 months in oak barrels - without filtration, no fining of any kind and without any addition of sulphites. The wine is then bottled and further aged for approximately 3 months in the bottle.
Francesco mainly produces local grapes: Barbera, Moscato, Cortese and Dolcetto. The vines are between 10 and 70 years old on limestone soils with some clay and chalk mixed in - a typical terroir for the Nizza Monferrato area. Their goal is to create wines that are an honest expression of the terroir.