Azienda Agricola Francesco Boschis

Mario Boschis manages this lovely estate in Dogliani (province of Cuneo) supported by his two sons Paolo and Marco. This Azienda is completely family run and, apart from the family members, there are no employees.  The family prefers to keep their property small and to concentrate on the vineyards that are most suitable for Dolcetto and for the other varieties that are grown, such as Grignolino, Freisa and Barbera. The vineyards stand at 550 meters above sea level at an ideal altitude for Dolcetto. This variety prefers an even climate and mainly calcareous soil. All these conditions are found here. Fodder (10 head of “Piemontese” cattle are kept on the property) and hazelnut trees are grown on the plots with clayey soil. “Piemontese” cattle is utilized for its (delicious) meat, but Francesco, Mario’s father, used to work the vineyards with oxen of this breed. The manure is used as fertilizer. There are also some beehives which are a passion of Marco’s. As bees are very sensitive to pollution, environmental friendly practices are strictly followed throughout the whole estate. The delightful labels of the wines are watercolours and engravings of Teresita Terreno, a local artist. Each one represents a particular season and distinctive features of this area. For example there are strawberries on the label of Dogliani Pianezzo as it is the first wine of the range to be released on the market in the springtime. The labels of Dogliani Superiore San Martino and of Dogliani Superiore Vigna Prey represent the autumn and the winter when these wines are released. The label of Dogliani Superiore Vigna del Ciliegio is designed, instead, by close friend: this is the only Dolcetto which matures in wood (the others mature in steel), so that the Boschis family decided that the label should also be different from the other ones.
Paolo is an oenological technician, Marco attended a technical school. Paolo is more experienced in the cellar and Marco is more experienced in the vineyard, but all decisions are taken together. ”..It is better to work at our family estate so that we can make our own choices, as using only environmental friendly products for the vines…We follow the philosophy of our father and grandfather, but we have also made improvements…We naturally concentrate on Dolcetto, but we are also working on other indigenous varietals such as Grignolino and Freisa: we have vinified the grapes from an old vineyard of Freisa, with long maceration with the skins and maturation in wood for two years. We made just a few bottles, but the wine was very much appreciated by the clients of a local restaurant…. When we plant a new vineyard of Dolcetto we carry out selection massale from a prephylloxera vineyard that is 100 years old (this practice used to be carried out by our grandfather). This is a high quality Dolcetto biotype with a red stem, with a low yield and with small berries with thick skin. We tried other Dolcetto clones selected by the University, but our clones are much better…This practice is expensive for a small estate, we have to plan two years ahead when we want to plant a new vineyard…….”

The main wines of the estate are (please also refer to the technical sheets found in this website):


Dogliani DOCG Pianezzo
Zone: Dogliani
Cru: Pianezzo
Varietal: Dolcetto
Vineyard extension: 5 hectares
Vinification and ageing: stainless steel/glazed concrete tanks
Average production/year: 15,000 bottles
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Dogliani Superiore DOCG Vigna dei Prey
Zone: Roddino d’Alba
Cru: Vigna dei Prey
Varietal: Dolcetto
Vineyard extension: 2 hectares
Vinification and ageing: stainless steel
Average production/year: 6,500 bottles
The vineyards stand on clayey soil. Exposure is south/west and the altitude is 500 meters above sea level. The colour is a very intense ruby red. The nose is very intense with blackberry and blueberry notes. It is supple and slightly tannic in the mouth with pleasant acidity and a long finish.

Dogliani Superiore DOCG Sorì San Martino
Zone: Dogliani
Cru: Sorì San Martino
Varietal: Dolcetto
Vineyard extension: 2 hectares
Vinification and ageing: stainless steel
Average production/year: 6,500 bottles
This wine is made from three small vineyards (south/east exposure, 450-520 meters above  sea level) that stand on very steep ground. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand. The colour is an intense ruby red tending to purple. Evident fruit notes due to the calcareous soil: prunes and cherries. It is elegant in the mouth, harmonic and with a good finish.

Dogliani Superiore DOCG Vigna del Ciliegio
Zone: Dogliani
Cru: Vigna del Ciliegio
Varietal: Dolcetto
Vineyard extension: 0,5 hectares
Vinification and ageing: vinification in stainless steel, maturation in oak barriques for 12 months followed by 10 months in steel
Average production/year: 2,000 bottles
The vineyard from which this wine is made stands at 500 meters above sea level with south/west exposure.  The colour of this Dogliani Superiore is a rich ruby red tending to purple.  Ripe red fruit is evident on the nose (prune, marasca cherry, blackberry). In the mouth it is intense, well structured and with evident tannins. It is a wine which is suitable for long ageing.