The Cornarea wines are the result of a precise choice: that of reinforcing the historical relationship between local wines with their territory. Cornarea was founded in 1975, when 12 hectares of land were planted with Arneis grapes, the aim of which was saving and giving new life to this historical, indigenous wine.
The Bovone family herald from Ovada where they were wine merchants until Gian Piero Bovone bought the Cornarea. Having studied oenology, Gian Piero had figured out that reductive, anaerobic winemaking was the key to vinifying Arneis. He then invested in the single vineyard of 12 hectares overlooking the small town of Canale, where he had the foresight to replant almost the entire hill to the white Arneis grape, culminating, in 1981, with their first single varietal wine.
The key to Cornarea’s high quality white wine Arneis DOCG (in north-west Piedmont in Italy) is the terroir: 30 million year old Miocene former sea bed soils rich in marine fossils and magnesium. In fact so rich is the soil in magnesium that a couple of doctors from nearby Canale made their fortune selling salt of magnesium, dug up locally, as a remedy during the late 19th century. The presence of magnesium, giving minerality to the wine, is apparently common to three villages: Canale, Montà, & Monteu Roero.
Cornarea still follows the same philosophy and only makes wine with local grapes - Arneis and Nebbiolo. These grapes are produced from the same mature vineyards and grown on the hill bearing the same name. They are in the process of converting to all organic farming.