Facciola: Piedmontese wine house and traditional cuisine in Berlin

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«My favorite wine? If I wanted to be specific, I would say Roero Riserva from Demaire wine cellar – but, in general, I like all kinds of Nebbiolo wine varietals. I grew in Novara and, when I have to choose, I prefer wines like Gattinara, Ghemme and Boca, rather than the wines coming from Asti, even if Nebbiolo comes from there. These wine varietals grew on a similar mountainous area – but they are not the same; for example Gattinara and Ghemme are mixed with local wines, like Grignolo. What are the wines that are always present in my wine house? Of course Freisa – a delicious Piedmontese red wine.» When Aurora Facciola talks about wines – especially when she talks about the Piedmontese ones – her eyes shine, as she would talk about love – but without the bitterness coming from the memory of previous relationships. It may be a Barbera d’Asti, loved as teenager – or a glass of Barolo, drunk in recent times. Since September 2014 Aurora has been working in her eponymous wine house, Facciola – in Kreuzberg, Forster Strasse 5 (metro station: Görlitzer Bahnhof).

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«I don’t choose my wines waiting for sales representatives and producers coming in Berlin. Almost every month I go to Italy in order to try new wine varietals and wine cellars. I am guided by curiosity and ambition: the wish of discovering new flavors and histories of our lands, and then to let them know to people coming in my wine house. I am not satisfied by just offering a glass of wine – if my clients have time, I will tell them the entire life of the wine. Last summer I went to Sicily in order to taste various local wines. The result is that I have developed a passion for Nerello Mescalese, a typical wine of the volcanic area surrounding Catania – and to all the wines produced by Ragaleali Farm, an ancient feud in Central Sicily that today owns some of the best Italian wine varietals. Some weeks ago I went to Coppo wine cellar, in Cannelli (Asti). There I tried the Barbera d’Asti-Gavelli, without added sulphites, the Barbera d’Asti-Pomorosso of 2010 and the one of 2011. Three excellent wines that satisfy all my needs: limited production and a mixed of tradition, modernity and geographical origin.»

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«We are very hard to please also when we talk about food – it may be a cutting board with cheese and cured meats, bresaola with Parmesan cheese, a caprese salad, a course of homemade potato dumplings or a cutting board with different types of meat. We always try to offer our clients the most adequate food to each wine, so we can exalt their qualities.»
«I am living this experience with Federica, the events responsible- Sebastian, that looks after the bar and the kitchen- and Ilaria, our new entry. All of us are under the age of 35 and our slogan is “Make the magic happen”. We have also an hash-tag, #facciolastateofmind – I think that it represents us, so we usually ask our clients to use it.»

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«”Life is too short to drink bad wines” – said Johann Wolfgang Goethe – and I totally agree with him. We think that a good wine is an opportunity to exalt a well-rounded culture, so we use food and wine to promote one reality. We have four different types of events that we organize periodically. The first one is called Weinisssage – Wein and vernissage. The aim of this event is to offer to young artists and photographers a space where they can express themselves – combining a wine tasting to their works. The second format is called Cabaret Opera – a cooperation with young opera singers that want to bring their music in the streets, far from the strict theater scene. The third one is called Foodscape. Our aim is to exalt the quality of a specific geographical, cultural and social area through its most typical food. The last one is the Krisen Herd, focused on the presentation of two lands that had been in conflict. We emphasize their differences, but also their affinities.» Thanks to the quality and to the perseverance of these events, Facciola has earned the title of “Cultural Hub” -conferred by Berlin Global. It was also used as one of the evening location of the “Italian Film Festival Berlin”.

«Proud? Of course we are. I am from Omegna, on the Lake of Orta and if I moved from Italy to Berlin at the age of 25 – in 2010 – it was precisely in order to feel these kinds of satisfactions. When a client come back to us and asks for the same wine that we recommended him the previous time, we understand that we are working in the right direction. Italian culture spreads also in this way – and we are proud of being its testimonials.»

Facciola

Forster Str. 5, 10999 Berlin

Open from Tuesday to Saturday

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Translation edited by: Federica Presta