The son of a teacher, Francesco Versio graduated in 2005 from Alba’s Umberto 1 wine school & in 2009 from Turin University, specializing in viticulture. He worked briefly at the cooperative Terre di Barolo before joining Bruno Giacosa first as cellar master & then as oenologist. Francesco's family owns two small plots of old vine nebbiolo in the Barbaresco ‘comune’ of Neive. The plot in the San Cristoforo vineyard was planted in 1969; wile the plot in the Currà vineyard (located below San Cristoforo) is even older. Both face south-west & overlook the village of Barbaresco. The soil of San Cristoforo is more calcareous, giving freshness & perfume while Currà vineyard is more sand which imparts a warm softness to the wine. In 2013 Francesco made his first vintage of Barbaresco (only 200cases).