Le Pianelle

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Bramaterra, Piedmont
People: Dieter Heuskel & Peter Dipoli, Owners | Cristiano Garella, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Le Pianelle 2016 'Al Posto dei Fiori' Rosato, Coste della Sesia DOC Login AG 92 In Stock
Le Pianelle 2012 Bramaterra DOC (Wooden Box) Login AG 93 WE 90 In Stock

On his very first visit to the Piedmont region in late November 1985, Dieter Heuskel was fascinated by its blend of nature, wines, and vineyards. Ever since, he has returned several times a year, and in 2002 he decided to embark on a winemaking adventure in Northern Piedmont. Coming from the world of German finance, Dieter teamed up with Peter Dipoli, a vintner; wine merchant; reviewer; and writer in Alto Adige, to invest in the great potential of the Alto Piemonte.

Who better to have as their winemaker than Cristiano Garella. Born in Northern Piedmont, Cristiano has spent his life as an passionate vigneron on a mission to restore the glory of the wines from Alto Piemonte. After WWII, the vineyards shrank from 120,000 acres to about 5,000 acres today (as of 2017). At only 32 (as of 2017), his resume is impressive: seven-year run as CEO of Tenute Sella. Today he is the winemaker for several small wineries like Le Pianelle.

Le Pianelle is the name of the vineyard that started this estate in Alto Piemonte. Dieter Heuskel and Peter Dipoli bought this abandoned vineyard in December 2004. Over the years, they were able to acquire more parcels and today own nearly 10 acres. Le Pianelle's vineyards are located in the towns of Brusnengo and Roasio, stretching from the rice fields of the Po Valley to a range of hills of 500–650 to 1,800 meters above sea level, which finally reach the peak of Monte Rosa at 4,634 meters above sea level. They grow Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina of which they make two wines: a rosato, Al Posto dei Fiori, and a red Bramaterra. Their cellar is in an old house in the historic center of Brusnengo.

Vinous 6/22/2018
"In just a few years, Le Pianelle has become one of the hottest estates in Alto Piemont, if not all of Italy. Proprietors Peter Dipoli and Dieter Heuskel continue to do imporant work. The 2013 Bramaterra is their best wine yet."

Media Links
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 381: Cristiano Garella
Wine Spectator: A Youthful Obsession


  • Le Pianelle 2016 'Al Posto dei Fiori' Rosato, Coste della Sesia DOC
    Rating: 92 (5/1/2017)

    Pale bright pink. Captivating aromas of red berries complicated by sweet spices and violet. Then very floral in the mouth too, with a bright mineral overlay to the hints of tropical fruit flavors on the refined, elegant juicy and very long, balanced finish. A knockout rosato.
  • Le Pianelle 2012 Bramaterra DOC (Wooden Box)
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2016)

    Le Pianelle's 2012 Bramaterra is striking. Silky tannins, expressive aromatics and punchy red-fleshed berries are some of the signatures. Today, the flavors are quite primary, so readers should plan on cellaring the 2012 for at least a few years. The 2012 is a bit riper and flashier in style than the 2010 (the best wine made here so far), but then the acidity and tannins kick in to balance things out. The translucent, persistent finish is a thing of beauty.
  • Le Pianelle 2012 Bramaterra DOC (Wooden Box)
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (5/8/2017)

    A blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina, this opens with aromas of aromatic herb, wild berry, menthol and a floral note. The firm, vibrant palate offers tar, sour cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside youthfully austere, fine-grained tannins. This needs time to soften up and fully develop.