Gavi Fornaci: Back to the Future

Gavi Fornaci: Back to the Future

Gavi Fornaci

Can a wine from the past show us the way to its future evolution?

Gavi Fornaci is one of its kind within Piedmont’s wine scene. First produced in 1998, it was one of the few Italian labels to receive the Tre Bicchieri award “in absentia”, 10 years after its first harvest! A special feature entitled «i Tre Bicchieri mai dati» (lit. “The Unawarded Tre Bicchieri”) was written for the occasion: editors of the Guida del Gambero Rosso made “amends” for belatedly awarding the coveted prize and to give justice to an extraordinary label.

Gavi Fornaci was produced by Michele Chiarlo from 1998 to 2012 and has long been engraved in the memory of the people who had tasted it. Today, the wine comes «back to the future» with the 2019 vintage, exclusively available to members of the Michele Chiarlo Wine Club!


Fornaci is not your average label. It is a long-lived Gavi that expresses its best with time, bringing out its extraordinary potential for evolution. A single vineyard wine made from 100% Cortese grapes grown in one of the most historic and suitable areas of the Gavi denomination: a majestic ridge that rises from Rovereto a majestic ridge that rises from Tassarolo. The rows grow on soils made up of pebbly dark marl that is rich in iron and enjoy a southeastern exposure. The clone planted is also a unique one: an ungrafted pre-phylloxera clone that Chiarlo reproduced from mass selections from the early 20th century.

Everything about Fornaci points to a Gavi destined for longevity. Attentive selection and intensive thinning are performed in the vineyard in order to obtain excellent fruit and ensure quality. The process continues in the cellar: the wine ages partly in stainless steel and partly in French oak barrels for three years, an unusual duration for a Piedmontese white wine.

This is how Fornaci is born, a Gavi «from the past»: a rare, unique and incomparable wine that can withstand time to find its perfect evolution.


Gavi Fornaci

Gavi Fornaci  Docg 2019


What is Michele Chiarlo Wine Club?

Real privilege is where passion finds the right space. We consider our Wine Club as a way to gratify the people who have always supported our winery and its efforts in putting the quality of the products together with the beauty of the territory, in a constant pursuit of excellence which is the foundation of our idea of winemaking. But it is also an opportunity for those who have recently discovered our winery and want to share with us the experience of living in one of the most renowned and highly appreciated wine regions in the world.

How does Michele Chiarlo Wine Club work?

To receive exclusive offers from our Wine Club, you will just need to sign up to our newsletter. Every month, special lots will be presented: extremely rare bottles, great vintages, limited editions or tickets for exclusive events or dinner with the producer. Our offers, available only for specific periods and in limited quantities, will be sent exclusively to our members, giving them the chance to make their reservation by filling up a designated form. Loyalty to the Wine Club and active participation will be greatly rewarded: more exclusive services, rewards and selected and customized gifts will be made available.