Ghemme DOCG

Torraccia del Piantavigna is a family-owned, eco-friendly estate, founded in 1997 by Alessandro Francoli of the Luigi Francoli Distillery. It is located in the foothills of Monte Rosa in the Alta Piemonte area, which is known for longstanding winemaking traditions and elegant world-class wines. The area features a continental climate tempered by cool mountain breezes – which also favor excellent day/night temperature swings – and fluvial, alluvial soils, rich in minerals, that lead to age-worthy wines due to opulent tannins and excellent acid profiles. The wines, styled by enologist Mattia Donna and consulting enologist Beppe Caviola, have a clean and elegant style, partly due to the use of medium-sized Allier oak casks, which allow for long and gentle maturation.

Ghemme DOCG is a tiny appellation – only 73 hectares (180 acres) – in the Sesia Val Grande UNESCO Global Geopark area, situated at the foothills of Monterosa. The area enjoys vast diurnal temperature changes, due to the cool winds from Monte Rosa, which favor lovely and persistent aromatic properties. This wine boasts exceptional longevity and is a wonderful alternative to Barolo and Barbaresco thanks to its elegance, heightened aromas, balanced acidity and vibrant tannins.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2009 | Wine Advocate93
Grape Varieties:

90% Nebbiolo, 10% Vespolina

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Maceration technique:

Remontage

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Oak casks

Type of oak:

French (Allier)

Aging before bottling:

36 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months

Closure:

Natural cork

Organic:

Sustainable Farming

Vineyard location:

From a single vineyard on top of a hill called Ronco dell’Ulivo, in the territory of Ghemme DOCG

Vineyard size:

6 hectares (15 acres)

Soil composition:

Fluvial/Alluvial and clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

240 to 320 meters (787-1,050) above sea level

Exposure:

Mainly western

Years planted:

1973, 2000, 2005

Time of harvest:

Early October

Total yearly production (in bottles):

30,000

Tasting notes:

Ruby red in color verging on gold, with a delicate, elegant and persistent nose that suggests violet and licorice. Dry, powerful and potent on the palate, with soft tannins and good residual acidity.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).

Food pairings:

Pair with red meat, braised beef, wild game and seasoned cheeses

Aging potential:

Upwards of 20 years

Alcohol:

13%

Winemaker:

Mattia Donna