Ernesto Faccenda acquires the first hectare of land just a few steps from Canale, in the heart of Roero. Originally a butcher, specialized in cured meats, he recognized the potential for viticulture in an area that has long been dedicated to wine. He starts with producing Nebbiolo and Barbera d’Alba, which is sold in demijohns or as bulk wine. Besides wine, he grows peaches, local delicacies of the Roero hills.
The Chicco Farmhouse is restored. The cellars are expanded and the first vineyards in the most famous areas are acquired.
The second generation
The winery passes into the hands of Federico Faccenda, Ernesto’s son. Also a specialized butcher, he believes in the production of his father’s wine and begins bottling them under the family name. From him, the winery inherited a mentality of attention to detail and a love for making high-quality products capable of satisfying, even before the customers, the expectation of those who make it. Maddalena, Federico’s wife, with patience and dedication helps her husband in the store, allowing him to consolidate and promote the wines of Cascina Chicco.
Enrico and Marco, Federico’s sons, enroll at the Oenological School of Alba. Since the end of their studies they have been involved with the family winery.
The third generation
As the family business modernizes in structure and technology, the fine tuning of purchases is made in the most prestigious zones of Roero. It is in this period that Cascina Chicco acquires plots in Vezza d’Alba (Valmaggiore), Castellinaldo (Granera Alta, Bric Loira) and Castagnito. The search for vineyards goes hand in hand with the study of the best varieties of vines to be planted.
Enrico and Marco Faccenda’s energy and desire to experiment gave rise to the first vinification of solely nebbiolo using Metodo Classico. In 2001, the Cuvée Zero project was born and is now one of the winery’s flagship labels.
The shades of nebbiolo
The Crus of Monforte
In 2006, they acquired 6 hectares of vineyards within the ‘Ginestra’ and Rocche di Castelletto Menzione Giografica Aggiuntivi in Monforte d’Alba. The Barolo Rocche di Castelletto and the Barolo Riserva Ginestra labels are made from these vineyards.
Construction on the new underground cellar, as well as the adjacent chapel commissioned by Federico Faccenda, is completed.
The New Cellar
From Canale to the world
More vineyards are continuously acquired to expand operations and Cascina Chicco continues to grow in strength on the international market. Winery tours and customized tastings have become an integral activity within the winery, extending our philosophy of winemaking to a broader audience and allowing them to truly experience the varieties, nuances and terroirs of Roero and the Langhe.