Ghemme DOCG boasts ancient origins. The tombstone of Vibia Erina, freedom of Vibio Crispo, a Roman senator at the time of Tiberius, found near Ghemme, is an archaeological find of undisputed reliability. It testifies that in the area, the cultivation of the vine was practiced since Roman times.
In those times, however, it seems that the winemakers paid more attention to quantity rather than quality: the quantity of wine produced was such that the city of Anagnum, later Ghemme, chose a cluster of grapes and ears of wheat as a symbol for the municipal banner. It was the monks that took on the task of re-establishing the good winemaking rules.
The enthusiasm with which they dedicated themselves to their “mission” gave excellent results. The wine was largely sold in nearby markets, especially in Milan. In the following centuries, the attention to detail was further increased.
Since the last century, numerous companies owned by local families have increased the production of Ghemme. In the 1970s, the wine sector regained full force, with many years of experience in guided and integrated struggle. The attribution of the DOC dates back to 1969, which was passed to DOCG in 1997.
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.