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Yesterday we have visited the vineyards and the wine cellars of the delicious wine Travaglini Gattinara! And we also had the possibility to taste a few of them. Lucky us!

When I just started this blog I posted about this prestigious wine in my post Hills…Grapes…Wine! I must admit that I wasn’t very fond of red wines while living in the Netherlands. But when I met Luca he got me to know this red wine and I loved it immediately. Ever since I like (certain) red wines… As this wine was the first one I really enjoyed drinking I was curious to see the vineyards and the cellars where this wine is made.

Cinzia Travaglini and her husband Massimo gave us a tour in the world that is called Travaglini Gattinara DOCG . Cinzia drove us around the vineyards and explained us that the soil composition that produces the wines is of rock origin and that in these hills it’s always a bit windy which is important for the grapes’ health. She also told us about the 3 different tyes of wine:

  1. Travaglini Gattinara DOCG – assembly of grapes (100% nebbiolo) of  more vineyards. They are produced every year. The wine is aged for 3 years. 2 Years in Slovenian oak barrels and the rests in the bottle for 3 months.
  2. Travaglini Gattinara DOCG Riserva – selection of grapes (100% nebbiolo) in the best positions in each vineyard. It is produced only in the best vintages. The wine is aged for 4 years, at least 3 years in oak barrels of different origin and size and the rests in the bottle for 8 months.
  3. Travaglini Gattinara DOCG Tre Vigne – selection of grapes (100% nebbiolo) of 3 historic vineyards. It is produced only in the best vintages. The wine is aged for 40 months; 30 months in Slovenian oak barrels and 25% aged separately for 10 months in French Barriques and then rests in the bottle for 8 months.

After this we visited the wine cellars. To see the vinification process we visited te stainless steel tanks for the fermentation:

The aging takes place in oak barrels:

And after this the wine tasting! Massimo let us taste 3 different wines and told us passionately about these wines. You can really notice they love these wines and they love their “jobs”!!! And for me that’s the best thing to see!

And then the ‘damage’ once back home…:

If you want more info about visiting the vineyards and wine cellars and do some wine tasting of the Travaglini Gattinara, send me an email: I can help you out with your questions and even go with you if you wish!

Find out where Gattinara is located:

See my post Hills…Grapes…Wine!

Due to a business trip to France this coming week I won’t be able to write on Wednesday. However, I will be back with more ‘unknown Italy’ on next Sunday!!


  1. Ben benieuwd naar deze wijn. Ik ga kijken of hij ook in NL verkrijgbaar is:)
    Mooie foto’s weer, ben je met de nieuwe camera op stap geweest?
    Veel plezier in frankrijk deze week, groet van Petra

    1. Hoi Petra,
      Hij is wel verkrijgbaar in NL, maar moeilijk. Ze hadden vroeger een leverancier in Maarssen, maar na hun pensioen zijn ze ermee opgehouden. Ik kan wel eens navragen waar ze precies te koop zijn in NL. Zij gaf aan dat in NL de duurdere Italiaanse wijnen maar moeilijk voet aan de grond krijgen… Het is nml niet een heel goedkope wijn, maar absoluut de moeite waard. Ik vind hem heerlijk en ben wel moeilijk met rode wijnen!
      Ik heb deze keer inderdaad mijn nieuwe camera gebruikt. Gelukkig maar want de foto’s in de wijnkelder had ik anders niet kunnen maken! Maar heb de camera nog niet ‘onder de knie’ zeg maar 😉 Dat heeft tijd nodig.
      Dank je wel Petra voor je berichtje, erg leuk! Liefs, Letizia

  2. I love that photo of the grapes! A wine tour is one of the items on my list of things I want to do during my upcoming EURO trip, if we have time. I wish we were going a little later as I really want to taste the fresh pressed olives. I hope you do a post on Olive harvest please!

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