Val d Ossola
The Val d'Ossola is Piedmont's northernmost valley; a landscape of extraordinary natural beauty carved out of the imposing Alps by the Toce River, which with its tributaries creates five lateral valleys all emptying into Lake Maggiore. Because the sandy damp soil of the valley floor is not well suited to agriculture the local population gravitated to the sunny southern slopes of the mountainsides.
The mountainous microclimate, however, mitigated by the nearby lake district, creates an ideal wine growing environment with its day and night temperature variance offering a desirably slow maturation of the grapes and enriching the wine with extraordinary aromas.
The intensive labor required for wine cultivation coupled with the arrival of industrial processing reduced the development of its full potential and has only been carried forward thanks to the local farmers who continue to produce wine for personal use.