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DOCG Italian Wines: Gattinara DOCG

DOCG Italian Wines: Gattinara DOCG



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Production area and history

Production area: part of the territory of the municipality of Gattinara (Vercelli).
Like other prestigious Piedmontese wines, Gattinara is also produced from Nebbiolo grapes. The name probably derives from Catuli Ara or Ara di Catullo. In fact, it seems that the city of Gattinara arises in the place where the Proconsul Lutazio Catulo sacrificed to the gods the spoils of war of the Cimbri who had been defeated in the surrounding area in 101 BC. Recent archaeological finds attest that wine has been produced in this area since Roman times. In the episcopal archives of Vercelli it is written that since the days of Charlemagne on the hills of Gattinara vineyards flourished. And it must have been a good wine if the Marquis of Gattinara cardinal Mercurino Arborio, Chancellor of Charles V and lover of the wine of his lands, dared to present it to the Court of the King of Spain. The wine of Gattinara, in fact, links its name to this famous diplomat, enthusiastic admirer and indefatigable taster, who spread his fame by offering it as an effective means of diplomatic negotiation.
The docg Gattinara can count on just under 95 hectares of vineyards in production, which means 4600 hectoliters of wine. (Production regulations)

Nebbioli High Piedmont Protection Consortium
Gallarati Palace
Piazza Castello 47
Ghemme (Novara)
Email: [email protected]

Bunch of Nebbiolo - Gattinara DOCG (www.consnebbiolialtop.it)

Gattinara and its vineyards (photo http://onav-vercelli.blogspot.it)

Vines - Minimum alcoholic strength - Aging and qualifications

The wines with denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin "Gattinara" and "Gattinara" reserve must be obtained from the grapes coming from the vineyards, having within the company, the following peel composition: Nebbiolo grape (Spanna) from 90 to 100%.
Grapes from Vespolina vines can also contribute to the production of these wines for a maximum of 4% and / or Uva Rara, as long as these vines do not exceed 10% of the total.
Minimum total alcoholic strength by volume: 12.5%.

When released for consumption, they must meet the following characteristics:
"Gattinara"
minimum total alcoholic strength by volume: 12.50% vol;
"Gattinara" with indication of vine 12.50% vol;
minimum total acidity: 4.5 g / l;
minimum non-reducing extract: 20.0 g / l.
"Gattinara" reserve
minimum total alcoholic strength by volume: 13.00% vol;
"Gattinara" reserve with mention "vineyard" 13.00% vol;
minimum total acidity: 5.0 g / l;
minimum non-reducing extract: 22.0 g / l.

Organoleptic characteristics

When released for consumption, they must meet the following characteristics:
"Gattinara"
- color: garnet red with light orange hues;
- smell: fine, pleasant, spicy with slight hints of violet;
- flavor: dry, harmonious, with a characteristic bitter aftertaste.
"Gattinara" reserve
- color: garnet red tending towards orange;
- smell: finish reminiscent of violet, especially if very aged;
- flavor: dry, harmonious, with a characteristic bitter aftertaste.

Pairings and serving temperature

It goes well with roasted red meats, grilled meats, furred game, hard cheeses, common and noble poultry. Tasting temperature, 18 ° -20 ° C, uncorking a few hours before serving.


Video: Travaglini Gattinara DOCG (August 2022).