Torraccia del Piantavigna
Torraccia del Piantavigna is a family-owned 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 winery concentrates mainly on Ghemme and Gattinara DOCG wines, made from Nebbiolo grapes grown on their nearly 40 hectares (100 acres) of hand-tended vineyards. But they also grow other local varieties, namely Vespolina and Erbaluce. 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.
Torraccia del Piantavigna is the only winery to own vineyards in both the Ghemme and Gattinara DOCG areas. They have also won several awards for their sustainable farming practices.