The cultivation of the vine was introduced during the Empire of Augustus. Still, the vine was already known before the Roman domination, and it is believed that Ligurian residents already practiced it. In the episcopal archives of Vercelli, it is written that since the time of Charles the Great, the vineyards flourished on the hills of Gattinara.
The wine of Gattinara, in fact, binds its name to the famous Spanish diplomat, Chancellor of Charles V, enthusiastic admirer and tireless taster, who spread its fame by offering it as an effective means of diplomatic negotiation.
The Gattinara DOCG designation of origin is reserved for “Gattinara” and “Gattinara Riserva” wines, obtained from grapes of the Nebbiolo vine (locally called Spanna) in purity in an area that includes the entire territory of the municipality of Gattinara.
The minimum ageing period for Gattinara DOCG is 35 months, 24 of which in wood, for the reserve of 47 months, 24 of which in wood.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.