Valli Ossolane

Valli Ossolane

46°16'58" N


8°21'11" E




about this subregion

Nestled amidst the scenic backdrop of northern Italy, the Valli Ossolane sub-region is an environmental marvel that beautifully interweaves nature's artistry with human agricultural traditions. The region's environs are characterized by undulating hills, verdant valleys, and the rich tapestry of vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see.

The region's terroir, a harmonious blend of its soil, climate, and topography, plays a pivotal role in imparting unique characteristics to the wines it produces. The cool Alpine breezes, mingled with the warmth of the Italian sun, create a microclimate conducive for grape cultivation, giving the wines from this region a distinct flavor profile and complexity.

Among the labyrinth of vineyards, certain grape varieties have taken a stronghold, proudly defining the Valli Ossolane's viticultural identity. In terms of red grape varieties, Croatina stands out with its robust and fruit-forward profile. Merlot, with its velvety texture and hints of dark fruits, finds its place alongside the region's prized Nebbiolo. The latter, known for its rich tannin structure and deep flavors, has been a significant part of the region's winemaking legacy. On the white wine front, Chardonnay reigns supreme, offering wines with crisp acidity, coupled with notes of apple, pear, and sometimes, a touch of oak.

The environment of Valli Ossolane, with its perfect blend of natural beauty and grape-growing prowess, solidifies its reputation as a wine region of note, producing vintages that resonate with the heartbeats of the hills and the whispers of the winds. Whether you're a sommelier, a casual wine enthusiast, or simply a lover of nature's grandeur, Valli Ossolane has a mesmerizing allure that beckons you to explore its rich tapestry.



Vineyard Hectares





Discover Terroir

The Valli Ossolane DOC is located in the Piedmont region. It covers the valleys of the Ossola territory, specifically within the areas of Alto Vercelli and Alto Nivarese, in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. This DOC produces wine with the Nebbiolo, Croatina, Merlot and Chardonnay varieties. The Consorzio di Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte plays a vital role in safeguarding and promoting the quality and heritage of the Valli Ossolane DOC wines.

The exposure of the vineyards, combined with the variable climatology, thermal oscillations and cultivation in pergola (topiary), make the production of this territory very characteristic and unrepeatable.

Different soil types are found in the region, with loamy soils with clay horizons in low-lying locations and at the end of valleys, and high valley regions with soils created by major climatic changes during the Quaternary.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Croatina, Merlot, Nebbiolo

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay

Valli Ossolane DOC, nestled in the scenic region of Ossola, Italy, is a lesser-known gem that enchants wine enthusiasts with its unique offerings. This small appellation showcases a captivating array of wines, where traditional winemaking techniques meet the distinct characteristics of the local terroir.

The Valli Ossolane DOC is renowned for its red wines, where Nebbiolo takes center stage. This noble grape variety, famous for its role in prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco appellations, reveals a different facet in Valli Ossolane. Here, Nebbiolo produces softer and more approachable reds, inviting wine lovers to explore its charming expressions. These wines delight with alluring aromas of red berries, roses, and a hint of earthiness, complemented by graceful tannins that create a harmonious balance on the palate.

In addition to Nebbiolo, Valli Ossolane DOC showcases red wines made from Bonarda, an indigenous grape variety that thrives in the local microclimate. Bonarda wines present a rich and fruity profile, often characterized by dark cherry and plum flavors, with a pleasant touch of spiciness.

While reds are prominent, Valli Ossolane DOC also surprises with delightful white wines crafted from local grape varieties. The region's white wines, often made from Chardonnay and other permitted grapes, exhibit refreshing acidity and enticing citrus and tropical fruit notes. These whites capture the crispness and vibrancy that perfectly complement the local cuisine.

In conclusion, Valli Ossolane DOC is a hidden gem in the wine world, offering a diverse and captivating range of wines. From the approachable Nebbiolo and charming Bonarda reds to the refreshing Chardonnay whites, each sip reflects the passion and dedication of the region's winemakers. Wine enthusiasts are invited to explore the unique flavors and discover the undiscovered allure of Valli Ossolane DOC, where authentic Italian wines beckon with every glass.