Province of Novara / created 1969
Vineyard Area (2020):
Approx. 35 hectares between the limits of 300-550 metres above sea level.
Red volcanic porphyry, glacial/moraine soils. Little limestone.
70-90% Nebbiolo, 10-30% combined of Uva Rara (Bonarda Novarese) and/or Vespolina.
Total of 34 months with 18 in wood. Riserva 46 months with 24 in wood.
By the early 1990s, Boca as a wine producing appellation had dipped to 10 hectares, near extinction, from 4,000 hectares in the late 1800s. Boca has enormous potential, sitting at altitude with a large diurnal temperature variation that is ideal for grape ripening. There is an increasing stream of investment from outside the region which is key for its survival as forest must be cleared to allow the revival of lost vineyards. It is also home to the old style of vine training called ‘Maggiora’ - diagrams below show 2 or 3 vines planted together and then trained to the four points of the compass. There are few vineyards planted in this manner that remain and are often field blends of up to ten varieties.