Gattinara Wine


Gattinara is a red wine produced in the northwestern Piedmont region of Italy. Like the other big high profile regional reds such as Barolo and Barbaresco, it is based on the Nebbiolo grape. It is believed the name is a derivation of “Catuli Ara,” meaning “altar of Catullus.” This refers to the founding of the town of Gattinara, where proconsul Lutatius Catullus invested his booty after conquering the Cimbrian Gauls in 101 BC. Wine-making in the region dates at least as far back as the Roman era. It received its DOCG (superior classification) in 1990.
The Gattinara zone centers around the historical town, and reaches west to the hills of the Alps. This inland area has a continental microclimate, with hot summers and cool late autumns and winter. The vines grow in iron-rich, volcanic soils that have elements of carbon, magnesium and calcium. These factors all contribute to well-balanced, full ripening grapes. 
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  • Barbera

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  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

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  • Travaglini

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  • Le Colline Gattinara Monsecco Conte Ravizza 1957


    opens with a very evolved nose of sweet tea, leathery autumnal notes balanced by a sharp, spiced, sandlewood notes. There is a touch of cassis lurking and notes of roasted pear and even a hint of rubber here. In the mouth this is light and bright with tons of wild strawberry and sour cherry fruit still in evidence. There is a decided jolly ranch... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004


    3 starsAppearance: medium- ruby slight brickNose: medium- intensity aromas of sour cherry, cinnamon, licoricePalate: medium- tannins, flavors of sour cherry, warm spice Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • If ever a visit with a man would make me more inclined to enjoy his wines it ... ... since the faux antique gattinara bottle made decanting a challenge. This offers up deep aromatics, tarry and filled with strawberry jam, tight at first with emerging notes of menthol, smoke, and mineral. A decidely richer palate impression with a dark, muscul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In memoriam: Teobald Cappellano

  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by sveinove

  • Italy Travaglini Gattinara Red Table Wine 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by palmetto2

  • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne Italy Piedmont Gattinara 1999


    this is one of my favorite all time wines. solid structure with firm, just-right tannins. a great bargain nebbiolo wine and the bottle is a cool shape that fits perfectly in the hand. Read More

    Wine review by evaem

  • Giancarlo Travaglini Gattinara DOCG 2003


    Potpourri and spices on the nose. On the palette, plums, almost jammy and the tannins are little drying. Big fruity flavor and a good amount of tannin that will liky result in a very nice bottle of wine in a few years but I feel there's a lack of acidity here that may take away fromt his bottles life span. however, with all that said, a great... Read More

    Wine review by 92549Eric Guido 92549 Eric Guido

  • Travaglini Gattinara Trevigne 2001


    This wine was a little tight upon opening, but kept on opening and opening up throughout the meal. A great layering of aroma... black cherry and licorice sitting above a wonderful earthiness. A spiciness fills the mouth and this wine gives a long lasting finish throughout the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by jameshull

  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004


    Not sure if I would buy again. Acid was pronounced, not enough fruit. Had better for the money. Read More

    Wine review by dista23

  • Travaglini Gattinara Trevigne 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by njkrut

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