Langhe Nebbiolo “Ginestrino” DOC

The Conterno Fantino winery is located atop a hill overlooking the historic village of Monforte d’Alba, with an extraordinary view that extends all the way to the Alps. Founded in 1982 by two friends – Guido Fantino and Claudio Conterno – the winery makes its wines knowing they have been blessed with great heritage in the form of land and vineyards, that go hand and hand with the culture and traditions of the area. In seeking to attain the highest possible quality from these invaluable resources, they pay great attention to the entire production process, carefully adapting to the climactic conditions of each growing season, with particular attention to the different characteristics of each individual cru. Environmental sustainability, preserving biodiversity, and respect for the land and heritage are the guiding principles in their vineyards, which are organically cultivated (as certified by CCPB).

Made from the Michet and Lampia Nebbiolo sub-varieties grown in a young vineyard in Monforte d’Alba, in sand and clay soil about 200 to 450 meters (656 to 1,476 feet) above sea level. Vineyards are south-, southwest- and southeast-facing, on a 25%-40% gradient. Made from the same clones as the winery’s Barolos, the vines are younger – ranging up to fifteen years of age – and produce elegant wines with a lighter structure and all the freshness and crisp primary fruity and floral aromas a young Nebbiolo is known for.
Stylistically, Conterno Fantino intentionally aims for a lighter, more approachable wine that still highlights the spectacular terroir. Ready to drink upon release, it can also stand up to at least ten years cellaring. A food-friendly, virtual gateway to their Barolos. Aged ten months in second-use French oak barrique; round, with well-balanced tannins and intense, persistent aromas of sweet antique rose and peach pits.

Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2018 | Wine Advocate93
  • 2016 | Gourmet Traveller Magazine90
  • 2015 | James Suckling90
  • 2014 | Vinous89
  • 2013 | Wine Spectator90
  • 2012 | International Wine Cellar89
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

8-10 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous indigenous yeast

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Rotating paddles

Length of maceration:

8-10 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container age:


Type of oak:

Allier /Troncais

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

10 months

Aging in bottle:

2 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:

Different vineyards in Monforte

Vineyard location:

Monforte d'Alba, Piedmont

Vineyard size:

4.8 hectares (6.6 acres)

Soil composition:

35% sand, 40% silt and 25% clay

Vine training:



200-450 meters (656-1,476 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4,500-5,000 per ha


6,5 - 7 tons per hectare


Southern, southeastern, southwestern

Years planted:

1998, 2007

Age of vines:

15-20 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

30,000 - 35,000

Tasting notes:

Very lively ruby color with garnet reflections; persistent and appealing bouquet with notes of brier rose and peach pit; on the palate, roundness is balanced by characteristic tannins and structure.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful accompaniment to meat, pasta and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

6-8 years


Alc. by vol.: 14.5%


Guido and Fabio Fantino