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Cascina Fontana

Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont • Italy

Mario and Luisa Fontana founded Cascina Fontana in 1995 with four hectares inherited from Mario’s family. As Mario is a sixth-generation winemaker, the decision to continue making profound wines of place was easy. Cascina Fontana is located in Monforte d’Alba in Perno, with vineyards situated in Castiglione Falletto, La Morra, and Sinio. Mario and Luisa are dedicated to the classic grapes of the region—Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera.

Italian village on a hill

Mario’s approach to winemaking and viticulture comes from his grandfather. First, he ensures that fruit is always picked in cool temperatures, and is always picked by hand. The grapes determine the length of fermentation and therefore maturation. Dolcetto stays in stainless for maturation, while Barbera and Nebbiolo rest in combinations of large botti and 225-liter barriques for a year. Nebbiolo makes it way to Slavonian oak for two years and spends a third year in cement. All wines spend a minimum of six months in bottle before they are released, unfined and unfiltered.


Dolcetto d’Alba

Barbera d’Alba

Langhe Nebbiolo


Cork sign with red frame on brick wall
Winemaker Mario Fontana standing in front of wooden botti
snow covering wine vineyard
red steel winemaking tanks
hand-drawn map of vineyards
Woman in winemaking vat giving thumbs up
Barolo wine label with blue and red crest on cream paper