Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, September 28 2023

Matteo Pola - Fontanabianca

By: Anthony Gismondi
Neive, Barbaresco

At 32 years of age, winemaker Matteo Pola has shown impressive determination and skill while taking over the day-to-day winegrowing from his father and founder of Fontanabianca, Aldo Pola.

Matteo is already wowing the critics, inspired by his mentor and formidable Nebbiolo producer Beppe Caviola. We caught up with him in Vancouver to talk about the family business and his thoughts on the future of Barbaresco and all things Piemontese. Be prepared to add Fontanabianca to your travel list the next time you are headed for northern Italy.

Learn more: Video (2:09) Barbaresco Vintage Report with Matteo Pola, Fontanabianca.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through the Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 25 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on major platforms. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million monthly users from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource full of tasting notes, intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers. Conversations with wine personalities are available on his  YouTube Channel.