Tenuta Franceta di Giada Codecasa
The commercial farm Tenuta Franceta was founded in 1996, when the Codecasa family, moved by the appreciation for good wine and love of the Piedmont Highlands, decided to revamp an evocative 18th century country house located inside the Bogogno Golf Club, in the province of Novara.
Here, in the heart of the High Piedmont area, on the suggestive slopes of the Novara hills which run along the foothills of the spectacular Monte Rosa (Pink Mountain) massif, the Codecasa family has since replanted and expanded around 10 hectares (about 25 acres) of vineyards. In addition, the family built a state-of-the-art winery to maintain total control of the production cycle, thus guaranteeing consistent quality of the final product year after year.
In fact, the production of the wines that display the Tenuta Franceta brand on their labels is based on the firm belief that there is a connection between the quality of the grapes cultivated in the vineyards and the loving care and technological attention applied to winemaking that must be maintained. The result of this applied philosophy is wines of great quality, refinement and elegance.
The vineyards are located in three different areas surrounding the cascina (country house), and the grapes reflect the diverse characteristics of the terroir and micro climate. The vines of the Vigna del Golf, which cover about one hectare (around 2.47 acres) among the holes of the golf club from which it takes the name, were the first to be re-planted. Not far away, on the top of a small hill known as San Quirico, in homage to the remains of an ancient Roman church dedicated to the saint, the precious Nebbiolo grapes cru are cultivated. Then there is the big, sunny six-hectare (about 14.8 acres) vineyard which climbs the crest of the hills in the prestigious DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, or Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) of Ghemme. This vineyard produces the Nebbiolo grapes used to make an extremely good quality wine, of exceptional elegance and exquisite refinement.
In addition to Nebbiolo grapes, which represent the main production, the vineyards of the Tenuta Franceta also include Merlot, as well as native Vespolina and Erbaluce vines.
Relais Ca' Nova
About 300 meters from the gates of the Bogogno Golf Club and the winery where the Tenuta Franceta wines are made, there is the Relais Ca' Nova. This is a comfortable building which has been renovated to offer eight rental apartments, all elegantly furnished, for a relaxing stay in the suggestive environment offered by the bucolic landscape of the Piedmont Highlands.
The guests of the Relais, owned by the Codecasa family as well, have access to a private garden and swimming pool, in addition to the services of a caretaker for daily maintenance and house cleaning.
In addition to the 36-hole Bogogno Golf Club and nearby maneggio (riding school and ring), there are many points of interest for tourists who, in addition to enjoying the quiet and calm offered by the Relais, enjoy discovering new places and destinations when on vacation. From the priceless fascinating environment offered by Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, the historic Val Sesia and, of course, the local restaurant scene, including typical trattorias featuring traditional specialties of the traditional Piedmontese cuisine, which is rightly considered among the best in Italy, as well as world-class, star-awarded restaurant.
Giada Codecasa, owner of Tenuta Franceta, is proud of her estate-bottled wines and invites connoisseurs and wine lovers seeking quality wines to visit the family estate for a relaxing stay and and intriguing experience in this corner of Piedmont.
Le Wine Labels
There are currently five wine labels in the Tenuta Franceta portfolio.
Erbaluce is a white DOC Colline Novaresi (Novara Hills) wine made with the native grapes of the same name. Flos and Cresus are two DOC Colline Novaresi wines made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes which are excellent paired with pastas seasoned with rich sauces as well as white- or red-meat-based recipes. Then there is Opera Prima, a DOCG Colline Novaresi wine made with 92% Nebbiolo grapes blended with 8% Merlot. This wine is perfect when paired with red meat, small game-based dishes, sweet gorgonzola and herb cheeses.
Finally, there is the top label of the estate, the prestigious Ghemme DOCG. This wine ages for 24 months in large 23- or 48-hectoliter French oak vats, plus 12 months in the bottle before release, and it offers a superior dining experience when paired with important game dishes, red meat with sauce, and strong cheeses. We also find it to be excellent as a meditation wine, possibly paired with dark, slightly bitter, high quality chocolate.