DOCG area for red wine in the Italian region Piedmont
, which is named after the city of the same name. It covers almost 100 hectares of vineyards on gravel soils of volcanic origin on southern slopes in the municipality of Gattinara in the province of Vercelli on both sides of the Sesia river. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna
followed by the location name. The Romans planted the first vineyards here at the turn of the age. Cardinal Mercurino Arborio, the Chancellor of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), born in Gattinara, brought the wine to the courts of Europe, which established its international fame even then. It was classified as a DOC in 1967 and received DOCG status in 1990.
Red wine with a violet aroma is extremely durable. It is made from the varieties Nebbiolo
(90%) and Vespolina
(max. 4%) and / or Bonarda di Gattinara Uva Rara
(together max. 10%) pressed. The minimum alcohol content is 12.5% vol. It has to mature for 35 months, of which 24 months in wooden barrels. With 13% vol alcohol and at least 47 months of aging, including 36 months in wooden barrels, he is allowed Riserva
call. Well-known producers include Antoniolo, Bianchi, Nervi and Travaglini. The best vintages are 1985, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. The neighboring DOCG red wine ghemme
is very similar.