FRANCHINO

Piedmont, Italy

FRANCHINO

Piedmont, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Established – 1962
Owned by – Alberto Raviciotti
Winemaker(s) – Alberot Raviciotti
Viticulture – Organic

 

Gattinara, the wine from the village of the same name, is regarded as the crown jewel of wines from alto Piedmonte and was first declared a DOC back in 1967. Alto Piemonte, in the foothills of the Alps and Monte Rosa, north east of Torino, made its name long before Barolo and Barbaresco and was once home to 40,000 hectares of vines. In the 20th century, due to a combination of phylloxera, wars and rural hardship, people abandoned the farms and vineyards in search of a better life and work in the cities. Today there are less than 1000 hectares and under 100 in Gattinara.

Mauro Franchino has devoted his life to Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo and, now in his late 70’s, has handed over to nephew Alberto. His three hectares of vineyards, planted in 1967, are on the banks of Sesia river on rocky granite soils that are rich in iron, potassium and manganese.  The wine is fermented in concrete vats and aged in botti for three years.

Whilst Gattinara might produce the richest wines from these northern zones, it is a wine that is more about grace and energy than sheer power, yet is just as perfumed and complex as those from the Langhe. With just 3000 bottles produced, our allocation remains tiny. If you love Nebbiolo, this is a must buy wine.