The history of the Gattinara hills began 300 million years ago when the only continent, Pangaea, was dotted with numerous volcanoes. In what is now the area of Valsesia, a huge eruption gave shape to a caldera 15 km in diameter, forming the famous Supervolcano.
When Africa broke away from South America and collided with Europe, the Alps were formed, and in the area that today comprises Valsesia, the entire earth’s crust folded, causing its deepest parts to rise at the Insubric Line. Travelling through Valsesia from Balmuccia to Gattinara, we can still observe what formed the earth’s crust beneath the volcano to a depth of about 25 km.
The natural acidity of the soils resulting from this process, gives a great minerality to the Nebbiolo of this area, characterising it as unique in the world.
Fairly hot summers and accentuated temperature ranges, also due to the presence of the Monte Rosa Massif behind the Gattinara hills, favour a microclimate that preserves and enhances the organoleptic characteristics of Nebbiolo.
Our vineyards are located in three different areas: on the hills of Gattinara, the Luccineglio vineyard facing southwest cultivated with Nebbiolo for the production of Gattinara Docg.
In Sostegno, the Casa del Bosco vineyards rest on porphyry soils and are cultivated with Nebbiolo, Croatina, Bonarda and Vespolina for the production of Bramaterra DOC.
Finally, in the land between Gattinara and Romagnano Sesia, we cultivate the grapes for the table wines Caplenga (Nebbiolo, Croatina, Bonarda) and Maulet (Greco).
Together with oenologist Giuseppe Zatti, we translate our affection for the vineyard into excellent wines, treating Nebbiolo, the true king of this area, with due respect.