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The Story: The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, grandfather of the three Rivetti brothers, Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians of that time, he dreamed of returning rich and a powerful man, perhaps even one day able to make a great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe (nicknamed Pin) did. Pin married Lidia, bought vineyards and began to make wine. In 1977 the family took up residence at LA SPINETTA (top of the hill) in Castagnole Lanze. It was the heart of the Moscato d’Asti country, home of a rather light and simple dessert wine. But the Rivettis believed that Moscato had the potential for greatness and set out to prove it by making Moscato Bricco Quaglia and Biancospino. Eventually though the family’s vision was even grander. In 1985 LA SPINETTA made its first red wine, Barbera Cà di Pian. After this many great reds followed: In 1989 the Rivettis dedicated their red blend Pin to their father. In 1995 they started to make their first Barbaresco, Gallina. In 1996 and 1997 the Barbarescos Starderi, Barbera d'Alba Gallina and Barbaresco Valeirano follow. In 1998 premiered the Barbera d'Asti Superiore. In 2000 the family’s ambition of also making a Barolo became reality. The Rivettis acquired vineyards in Grinzane Cavour and built a state of the art cellar, Barolo Campè. Since 2003 visitors are welcomed to visit also Campè, outside the town, Grinzane Cavour. In 2001 LA SPINETTA expanded over the borders of Piedmont and acquired 65 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany, between Pisa and Volterra to make three different 100% Sangiovese wines, as Sangiovese to La Spinetta, is the true ambassador of the Tuscan terrain. – Description from rsimone
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Founded in 1977 by Giuseppe (“Pin”) and Lidia Rivetti, La Spinetta was first known for their production of excellent Moscato d’Asti wines. After several years they introduced red varieties Barbera and Nebbiolo to the production, the beginning of what was to become a great adventure. In just over thirty years, through the acquisition of carefully selected vineyards and dedication to excellence, La Spinetta has reached the apex of quality and recognition around the world, producing a wide range of wines from their three different estates: the original La Spinetta cellar in Castagnole delle Lanze, Campé in Grinzane Cavour, and Casanova in Tuscany.
The philosophy behind La Spinetta’s wines stems from distinction in the vineyards and the dedication to indigenous grape varieties; the Rivetti family is continuously striving to produce the purest expression of territory whether in Piedmont or Tuscany. Great care is taken in the vineyards throughout the growing cycle, carrying out multiple green harvests, utilizing only natural fertilizers and keeping the use of machinery to a minimum as well (horses are used as much as possible, also useful for their nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous-rich “fertilizer”). In the cellar, technology and innovation meet years of experience and passion to create wines that reflect the vineyards and the soil, not the hand of the winemaker.
The newest addition to the La Spinetta ensemble is the historic 1867 Contratto winery in Canelli, Italy’s first producer of traditional method (metodo classico) sparkling wines. Officially acquiring the property in 2011, Giorgio Rivetti is devoted to re-launching this classic Italian brand, producing top quality Italian Spumanti alongside La Spinetta’s other already well-loved and celebrated wines.
“A great winemaker has to have the mentality of a farmer. That’s the only way to truly understand the wines. So, please don’t call me a winemaker, call me a farmer.” – Giorgio Rivetti– Description from friedmanre13
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