The Boca wine region is the most eastern and highest (420-520 m) in Piemonte, like all regions in northern Piemonte, looks back on a long and rich wine culture. North Piemonte was considered in general to be one of the principal wine producing regions of Italy: in the 19th century it consisted of 40,000 hectares. New priorities were set by the early industrialization and moved laborers as well as the investments to the more successful industries. In the 50s most of the vineyards of Boca disappeared and were overgrown by forest. In the 90s Boca, with less than 10 hectares.
In the 90s, Christoph Kuenzli, visited Boca and its forgotten vineyards and became enthusiastic about the region and it’s excellent potential to produce the typical and outstanding Boca wine. He started with the acquisition of a small vineyard (0.5 hectares), and step-by-step acquired further small plots of forest. Like a jigsaw, the property developed to become a whole. “Le Piane” now has in the best area of Boca 8 hectares of vineyards, 2 of them with old vines. The combination of its soil and microclimate provides a fortunate opportunity for the region of BOCA DOC. The soil is porphyritic (volcanic origin), ground on its surface to fine gravel. This soil is unique in Italy. The moderate climate of the Lower Alps characterized by high autumnal temperatures, together with intensive sunshine thanks to the south facing position and with high temperature changes, creates optimal conditions for perfect maturity of the grapes. Boca’s main varieties of grapes are Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina.