Chiara says, “I’m the generation after 1968. I really took advantage of all the battles of the women who came before me for liberation, the opportunity to choose what I wanted to do in complete freedom. When you have total freedom, that’s when you appreciate most what you have.”
Chiara Boschis is an artisan grower, whose philosophy is to craft wines that combine the extraordinary power of Barolo with approachability, balance, intense aromatics and elegance. When talking about the unique territory of Barolo she says, “We are very gifted by Nature. The soil here is particular; it is poor, but also very rich in minerals. The wines have a strong personality with important tannins, structure, body and acidity. These are wines that pair perfectly with food and age very, very well.”
The balance characteristic of E. Pira wines is achieved through strict vineyward management (all work is carried out manually), careful selction, organic (since 2010) farming practices and meticulous vinification techniques thta favor a gentle touch, allowing the grapes to express the true character. Chiara is tru to the vineyard first. She then unites the best of traditional and modern winemaking techniques in a continous endeavor to consistently produce high quality wines representative of their heritage. A true artisan winemaker, Chiara has never been afraid to experiment, implementing practices like green harvest (a drastic reduction of bunches left on the vines) and vinification in barriques of her Cru Barolo wines, in an endeavor to consistently achieve high quality wines that truly represent their heritage.
“I remember in 1994 Giorgio (Rivetti) and I went around at night to green harvest, so that the neighbors wouldn’t see how many bunches we were cutting. When my father saw the result the next day, he said I was throwing away money. He was traditional and didn’t understand. But you know, I think, when you want to do something completely different, you have to do it you own way.”
Production is very limited, a miniscule 5,000 cases per year and wines are made exclusively from the 11 hectares (27 acres) of propriety vineyards in the very best Crus of Barolo in the villages of Barolo, Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. To highlight the particular organoleptic characteristics of two of the most important vineyards in the Barolo region, Barolo Cannubi and Barolo Mosconi are produced as single-vineyard (Cru) wines. In homage to tradition, however, the Via Nuovo Barolo is vinified using grapes from seven Barolo vineyards. Chiara also produces three traditional Piedmont reds: Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba and Nebbiolo d’Alba.
Each vineyard benefits from an extraordinary exposure, micro-climate and soil composition, creating the ideal growin conditions to produce the traditional Piedmonts grapes. Chiara’s meticulous, hand-on approach in the vineyard and absolute respect for the soil and environment has led her to become part of the The Green Experience, a network of Piedmont producers who practice a green, more sustainable viticulture. Vinification and aging are carried out at the historical cellar in the the center of Barolo and the wines are bottled without filtration or clarification, as evidenced by the natural sediment found in her wines.
In true revolutionary character, Chiara continues to be at the forefront of innovation, championing efforts to bring sustainability to winemaking, particulary in the Langa. She says, “Having successfully achieved the “pink” revolution, I believe the time has come to tackle the “green” one, working together for a cleaner and more sustainable agriculture. I began the process for organic certification of my wine in 2010 and today, concentrating on biodiversity, I am more at peace as a wome of wine. I understand what my path is: I want to make wines that are clean, pure expressions of the territory. Most of all I want my efforts to be experienced and felt in each bottle.”