Podere ai Valloni was the first winery to be registered as a Boca DOC producer. The ancient Cà Finazzi started producing Boca in the 18th century.
The Boca DOC was born in 1969, but sadly, after only a few years the vines almost disappeared in the whole region.
In 1980 Guido and Cristiana Sertorio bought the old winery and started producing Boca DOC again. The enologist Luigi Veronelli first discovered this wine in 1987 praising its qualities in the magazine EV, pleased of this unexpected rebirth.
Since the beginning, Podere ai Valloni was not only a winery but a ‘garden-vineyard’ cultivated with the maximum respect for the environment. Since 2014 it is an organic winery. Today, Anna and her husband, Andrea, give continuity to the founders’ dream of a beautiful vineyard and excellent wines.
Podere ai Valloni’s wine is made only with its own grapes in total traceability. Here different wines are produced: Boca wine, Colline Novaresi Rosso doc Sass Russ and a young Nebbiolo (Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo DOC Gratus). The winery produces about 10.000 bottles per year, although the actual production depends of course on the weather conditions and other factors.
The most important peculiarity of Boca wines is the structure of the soil: here, 300 millions years ago, stood the gigantic Valsesia Super Volcano (the area is now inside the UNESCO geopark Valsesia Valgrande), which is the reason why hills are made of volcanic rocks, from the Permian Age. The vines that grow on this soil give structured and especially mineral wines, with a typical acidity that grants them a long life in the bottle. For this reason, Boca’s Nebbiolo is very different from the other wines found in Alto Piemonte.
The Boca DOC “Vigna Cristiana” is reviewed in the most important wine guides, among which “I Vini di Veronelli”, “Il Gambero Rosso”, “I vini del mondo” by Hugh Johnson, the “Critical and Greedy Guide by Paolo Massobrio” and “Weine aus Piemont” by Daniel Thomases and, with the passing of the years, it has got a number of recognitions both at a national and international level.