Arneis Langhe DOC
The Bongiovanni farmstead dates back to the early 1950s, when it was purchased by Giovanni Bongiovanni. Giovanni planted a Nebbiolo vineyard where there had been nothing but untamed woodland. He struck gold, yet never bottled his own wine. When he died, the estate was left to his daughter Olga who grew to cover prime hillside vineyards of the Langhe for her own wines. Here, the family only planted native grape varieties and one noble international grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. A good number of innovations have come about thanks to Olga’s nephew, winemaker Davide Mozzone. The Bongiovanni philosophy aims to minimize outside intervention and maximize character and terroir, steering clear of stereotypical wines. While not certified organic, the winery proudly participates in Piedmont’s Green Experience, which is a network of sustainable and organic growers.
This native Piedmont white grape was once used to “lighten” Nebbiolo but has seen an increase in popularity as of late and is a staple at many a happy hour, thanks to its strong and inviting perfumes. Bongiovanni Arneis ages only in stainless steel to maintain this lightness.
Wine exported to
Canada, Puerto Rico, Singapore
Most recent awards
- 2019 | James Suckling90
- 2015 | Wine Spectator88
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Type of yeast:
12-14 °C (53.6-57.2 °F)
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Govone, Piedmont; Diamo, Piedmont
2 hectares (5 acres)
300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
4,500 vines per hectare
90 quintals reduced depending on the thinning
Northeastern and eastern
Age of vines:
8-10 years old
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Light straw yellow in color; delicate fruit aromas of pear and white peach evolve into complex floral notes with hints of aniseed, confirmed on the palate.
Best served at 10-12 °C (50-53.6 °F).
Excellent as an aperitif or served with light dishes.
Alcohol 13.5% by vol.