Cantina Francone in Neive—a stone’s throw from Barbaresco in the rolling hills of the Langhe—has a long family tradition and passion for winemaking that started in 1940. And in 1964, when Giovanni Battista and his sons Mauro and Silvano built the winery that the company still operates from today, their focus was already on welcoming curious tourists eager to discover the region’s rich viticulture.
With the whole family involved in every aspect of the vineyard’s activities, from local sales to international distribution, the Battistas’ trademark spirit of family and hospitality is still at the heart of the vineyard’s vision. The winery also houses a museum that pays tribute to this passion handed down from generation to generation, showcasing old and unique artifacts, equipment and tools traditionally used in wine production.
Now managed by Mauro’s sons Marco and Fabrizio, the company is looking towards the future, finding new ways to improve the quality of their products that still honour the traditional techniques that made the Langhe wines famous. For this, special care is taken to find plots with a position, altitude and terrain best suited for every variety of grape. This, in turn, ensures a greater variety of quality wines, albeit in limited quantities. Another example of the vineyard’s respect for the vines and integrated agriculture perspectives is the appreciation for the grape’s natural characteristics through a lengthy low-sulphite fermentation process that yields wines whose structure and full-body marry elegance and drinkability.
Via Gallina 10 12052 Neive (CN) Italia
The winery is situated between the rolling hills of Neive, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014, a meeting point between old traditions and care for quality.
Mauro, Marco and Fabrizio Francone welcome you into their tasting room where you can taste and discover the family wines and take a journey through the wine history of Langhe, in a mix of tradition and innovation. Valeria will be your guide during your visit into the winery. The tours can be held in Italian, English, German and French. Visitors can buy Francone wines in the winery shop and when necessary it is possible to ask to organize a wine delivery directly at home (paid service).
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.