The story of Gattinara’s hillsides begins some 300 million years ago, when the single continent, Panagea, was dotted with volcanoes. An immense eruption formed a caldera some 15 km wide, in what is now the Valsesia area, creating a supervulcano.
When Africa split away from South America, colliding with Europe, this led to the formation of the Alps and in the area that still includes Valsesia, the entire Earth’s crust folded, leading to the deepest parts emerging at the Periadriatic Seam. Thanks to this process, today we are able to see what the earth’s crust consisted of, under the volcano and up to a depth of about 25 km.
It can be seen when travelling through Valsesia, from Balmuccia and on to Gattinara.
The acidity of the soil gives the Nebbiolo from this area its excellent minerality, making it truly one of a kind.
Warm summers and an accentuated temperature range, also due to the presence of the Monte Rosa massif behind Gattinara’s hills, together create a microclimate that is perfect for preserving and bringing out the full organoleptic qualities of Nebbiolo.
The vineyards are located in three different areas: on the hills of Gattinara is the south-west-facing Luccineglio vineyard, growing Nebbiolo for the production of Gattinara DOCG.
The vineyards of Casa del Bosco which have porphyry soils are planted with Nebbiolo, Croatina, Bonarda and Vespolina grapes for the production of Bramaterra DOC.
Lastly, the land between Gattinara and Romagnano Sesia, is used to grow grapes for our table wines, Caplenga (Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Bonarda) and Maulet (Greco).
Together with Oenologist, Giuseppe Zatti we translate our love of vines into excellent wines, treating our Nebbiolo, the true king of this area, with the respect it so richly deserves.