Our name is a matter of pride, as are our history and origins
“Chicu” was the nickname of our Nonno Ernesto, the founder of the winery.
He was known this way among people from the Langhe and Roero,
reflecting the local tradition. It passed down from him to father Federico, to
us and to our children, and still continues today to represent the new
generations of the Faccenda family
We have always been called Chicu, that is to say Chicco. From our
grandfather Ernesto to our children, this is not only the name behind the
history of our winery, it is more than that: it carries the affection, respect,
friendship and belonging to the community of our own family.”
“We were born and raised in the Roero area and we live in the heart of our
own vineyards. It is an inspiration for us to love and respect the land,
conducting viticulture in full respect of the environment.”
In addition, we have joined The Green Experience project to offer
sustainable wines by preserving natural resources and hillside landscape:
biological pest control, planting of essences between the rows, traceability
We have installed solar panels on the roof of the cellar with a total capacity
of 40 kW. The underground construction allows a constant temperature for
the ageing of the wine, reducing the energy required to air-condition the
rooms. The building complies with energy class A.
In order to preserve the biodiversity on the hillsides, we have purchased
woods and hazel groves around our vineyards. The safeguard and care of
green areas reduce the environmental impact of the farm and provide a
habitat for small animals, birds and insects. Furthermore, most of the
winery has been buried under the hill to respect the World Heritage
landscape and limit land use.
By caring for the land, the vines and people who grow them, we have
minimised treatments and ensured quality and safety with constant
controls and residue analyses.
Wonderful vineyard in Castellinaldo facing south/south-east, it lies on
clayey soils, with one of the highest calcareous traces in the Roero.
This vineyard produces a generous and powerful, soft Barbera, with intense
colours and distinct fruity aromas.
Altitude 320/350 metres
Historical cru in the municipality of Barbaresco, facing the south-east.
Part of a small natural amphitheatre, it enjoys a special microclimate,
thanks to the fresh air currents from the Tanaro valley.
It is a morning sorì, a sunny place in the morning, from which come wines
with fresh fruit aromas, decidedly round and harmonious.
Altitude 250/280 metres.
The mention refers to the village of the same name in the municipality of
Monforte and to vineyards increasingly important for the quality of the
wines produced. The white, tuffaceous soil has always been home to
Nebbiolo, which produces exceptional grapes here. The Barolo produced
here is characterised by a very personal style, capable of reconciling power
and balance: the tannic texture, of rare density and breath, evolves over
time with great austerity and an abundance of aromas.
Altitude 450/480 metres.
RAVERA DI MONFORTE
RAVERA DI MONFORTE
The area takes its name from the Ravera family, originally from this area in
the municipality of Monforte d'Alba. It represents one of the most
interesting ridges in terms of landscape, with amazing observation points.
As the southernmost in the Barolo zone, this ridge faces the highest hills of
Roddino, foreshadowing the Alta Langa and its influence on the winds.
The hillside vineyard is characterised by a steep slope, with an inlet that
offers a protected microclimate particularly suited to the vines. The wines
obtained are expressive, mineral and elegant.
Altitude 400/420 metres.
Soils rich in sand and extreme slopes. The best Nebbiolo grapes of the
denomination have always been grown here. The soil is typical of the
central zone of the Roero production area, of Pliocene origin, characterised
by loam, limestone and clay.
The wine produced here is structured, complex, austere, but always
elegant and fine.
Altitude 260/300 metres
When referring to the eastern side of Monforte, the first name that comes
to mind is Ginestra, a tongue of land as majestic as elegant, whose wines
have shaped Barolo history.
It can be considered a historical cru of the appellation, since already
mentioned in the late 19th century by Fantini as an area of Monforte
capable of producing a Barolo wine of “superior excellence”.
Altitude 340/370 metres.
The first reports of Arneis grapes in the Roero date back to 1478, and refer
to this Cru, in the municipality of Canale. The sandy soil, the southern
exposure at the top of the ridge, and the cool breeze blowing through the
valley between the Canale concentric area and the charming hamlet of
Madonna di Loreto, give this vineyard an undeniable charm and the
possibility of producing fruity, elegant and enduring wines.
Altitude 270/300 metres