Nestled at the foot of the serrated Alps and bordered by France and Switzerland Piedmont is Italy’s foremost producer of classic wines, grown on vines native to the Old Country. The most popular reds, Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme, are all pressed from the Nebbiolo grape, grown on the rolling Piedmontese hills.
White wines constitute approximately one third of the volume produced annually. Asti is the most prolific appellation. Gavi, made from Cortese grapes, is very much admired. Piedmont also produces a large volume of spirits, such as Grappa and Vermouth.
The Torraccia del Piantavigna winery was established in 1990 in Ghemme, a small village located on the North Piedmont. The vineyards, situated in the DOCG areas of Ghemme and Gattinara, are spread over 40 hectares, devoted entirely to the production of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Erbaluce grapes, the three most typical varieties of the North Piedmont. The Ghemme DOCG and Gattinara DOCG wines are the top of the line of the Torraccia selection. Both of them are national award winners. The philosophy of the company is to produce excellent quality wines at the right price point and with the highest respect of the environment.
Casa Martelletti is produced by Perlino Optima. Traditional farmers and vine growers began a small trade selling the wine produced from their own vineyards, which are nestled in the rolling Langhe and Roero hills, near Alba. At the heart of their estate is the Rocca Priora wine cellar. Since its establishment and for the first time in Piedmont, they produced bottles, not demijons, in order to fulfill the expectations of their customers without any intermediary. That tradition is maintained in contemporary production of their Piedmont wines and Spumanti, in full accordance with their origin and tradition.