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Le Pianelle

Bramaterra, Piedmont • Italy

Le Pianelle is a love letter to the Alto Piemonte. Estate owners Dieter Heuskel and Peter DiPoli have entrusted the winemaking to the outstanding young Cristiano Garella. Andrea Zanetta, one of the best viticulturalists of the region, is also involved in the project. The hills of Bramaterra were once home to profound Nebbiolo, but the last hundred years have seen many vineyards abandoned as the region fell out of popularity.

old stone and brick buildings with arched doorways

Dieter and Peter saw opportunity in resurrection and purchased their first plot in 2004. They continued by buying 50 more small parcels, and in 2007 they were able to replant the Nebbiolo that had once produced the prolific wines of Alto Piemonte. As is typical of the region, the winery also grows Croatina and Vespolina, used for blending with Nebbiolo.

We are consistently amazed by the Le Pianelle wines, and as Antonio Galloni says in a Vinous article from April 2020, “Readers who have not checked out Le Pianelle owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most compelling reds in all of Italy.”


Coste della Sesia “Al Posto dei Fiori” Rosato

Coste della Sesia “Al Forte”


yellow leaves in vineyard in autumn
steel and oak tanks in winery
two people wiring vines in vineyard
fresco-style ceiling and wooden furniture in winery tasting room
vineyard harvesting team of four with red baskets
black and white wine label with brown text and silhouette illustration of a house and trees on a hill