In the beginning of the 1960s, Giuseppe Rivetti, nicknamed ‘Pin’, and his wife, Lidia, were both expert and dedicated farmers with enormous appreciation and knowledge for tradition while keeping a curious interest in the future. They exemplified humility, respect, as well as ambition. These are the values that still define the philosophy of La Spinetta. In due course their children Carlo, Bruno, Giorgio, and Giovanna took over the winery reins. We worked to implement the teachings of our parents. We were taught to have great respect for the territory, for the indigenous vines and for the Piedmontese land. In 1977 the children, with the support of their parents, began the first production of their Moscatos, Bricco Quaglia and Biancospino. These would be some of the first single-cru Moscato to be produced in Italy.
The experience gained through the production of Pin proved to be a valuable tool as we approached Barbaresco. Our first Barbaresco, Gallina was created in 1995, it was followed by Starderi in 1996 and finally Valeirano in 1997. The three Barbarescos are each made exactly the same in the cellar. The wines highlight the unique differences to each individual vineyard. In 1997, the Gallina Cru began producing the prestigious Barbera d’Alba, which still stands out for its unique characteristics provided by this incredible vineyard and terrain. 1998 was the year for the Barbera d’Asti Superiore Bionzo. A wine with immense structure and longevity, which is produced from century-old vines.
Maceration and alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled vats for an average period of 12 days. Malolactic fermentation done in used French oak barrels, followed by 22 months of aging. Finally, bottle aging for about 8 months