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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Lessona, tiny but historically important red wine district in the Vercelli Hills in the subalpine north of the piemonte region of north-west Italy. On just 6.45 ha/16 acres three producers produce a wine from Nebbiolo grapes, optionally softened with some Bonarda or Vespolina. Sella and Massimo Clerico were joined in 1999 by Paolo De Marchi of Isole e Olena in Chianti Classico, who has revitalized his family estate, Villa Sperino, attracting international attention, and undoubtedly helped to save Lessona from extinction.