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Torraccia Del Piantavigna

Alto Piemonte: A land of great wines

Alto Piemonte has always been dedicated to making quality wines. The first evidence of vinification dates back to the Celts in the 4th Century B.C. The Romans further improved the processes. Records show that throughout the centuries, the wines from Ghemme and Gattinara have always commanded attention and graced the tables of the noble families of Milan and Turin

In 1990 and 1997, Gattinara and Ghemme were granted D.O.C.G. status, an honor attributed to only a limited number of the most prestigious wine-growing areas of Italy. Today a new generation of wine makers are helping the wines conquer the world.

Torraccia del Piantavigna: a family legacy

Torraccia del Piantavigna is a high quality, family owned winery making estate bottled wines from its nearly 100 acres of vineyards in Ghemme and Gattinara. Its history began in the foothills of Monte Rosa, in the 50’s when Pierino Piantavigna, maternal grandfather of the current generation of the Francoli family, planted his first vineyard of Nebbiolo. The vineyard, in Ghemme, was overlooked by the crumbling tower “Torraccia” of Cavenago Castle. Alessandro Francoli, President of the Francoli Distillery, founded the company in 1997. Today, two family companies from Ghemme guarantee the future of the winery: the Francoli family and the Ponti family. The current generation draws inspiration from grandfather Pierino, not only by making fine wines, but also in its values and attitudes towards the local area, community, and environment. The dozens of awards received for the quality of the wines and the Eco-Friendly award granted by the Italian Touring Club speak for themselves.