Michele Chiarlo was born in the Monferrato region of Piemonte where his family has grown grapes for over five generations. In 1956 he decided to start a small winery in Calamandrana, a small village nestled in some of Monferrato’s finest hillside vineyards.
Over the last thirty years Michele Chiarlo has been patiently selecting vineyards with soil and exposures that give consistently high quality. The vineyard practices (severe pruning, cluster thinning to limit the crop, use of organic fertilisers and spraying with only the traditional Bordeaux mixture) also reflect the Chiarlo philosophy of quality. Grapes produced in this way cost a lot more, but that is what it takes to produce the best.
Michele Chiarlo runs three wineries (Calamandrana, Barolo and Gavi) where tradition and modern techniques go hand in hand. The original winery in Calamandrana is also home to the winery headquarters and the bottling plant. Michele Chiarlo has been able to convey his quality belief to his sons, Alberto and Stefano, and his staff. It is a guarantee that the winery will continue along this path for many years to come.