Founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto, this is one of Italy’s oldest sparkling wine producers. At the turn of the 20th century, its wines were leaving Canelli for destinations all over the world and Contratto was the personal supplier to the Italian Royal Family and Vatican. In the space of 150 years, it has gone from producing Moscato and red wine to traditional-method sparkling and still white wines, as well as Vermouth, tonic and syrups. The historic cathedral cellars are a UNESCO Heritage Site, cut into the limestone hills to a depth of 32m and covering 5,000 square metres.
“There are some real treasures hidden in these cellars,” says Giorgio Rivetti, who has embraced Contratto’s history since becoming involved in 2007. The family behind La Spinetta completed its purchase of Contratto in 2011, and Giorgio and the team are relishing the prospect of raising Contratto to its former glory and bringing it the recognition it deserves on the international scene.