Short History

Everything began in 1977...

1977 LA SPINETTA in Castagnole Lanze was founded by Giuseppe and Lidia Rivetti
1978 The first Moscato produced, the first single-vineyard Moscato ever to be made in Italy
1985 LA SPINETTA's first red wine, Barbera Cà di Pian
1989 Introduction of Pin, a revolutionary wine at the time, a blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo
1995 The first Barbaresco wine, Gallina, produced (this was also the first bottle to carry the rhino label - the name of the vineyard created some confusion, however, as gallina is also the Italian word for hen)
1996 Barbaresco Starderi and Barbera d'Alba Gallina
1997 Barbaresco Valeirano
1998 Barbera d'Asti Superiore
2000 Purchase of 8 hectares of Nebbiolo vineyards in the Barolo area; first vintage of Barolo Campè
2001 Purchase of 65 hectare (120 acres) of vineyards in Tuscany; the first vintage of Sezzana Sangiovese
2003 Construction of the second winery, LA SPINETTA Campè, completed
2007 The third winery, LA SPINETTA Casanova in Tuscany, is finished; LA SPINETTA celebrates its 30th anniversary
2008 Expansion of temperature and climate-controlled warehouse; new offices and tasting room at Castagnole Lanze
2009 Arrival of two work horses to plow special Cru vineyards;
foundation of the One Liter Club
2010 Release of first Tuscan white wine: Toscana Vermentino 2009; further progress toward biological production steps in the vineyards
2011 Acquisition of Contratto winery in Canelli, Piedmont, expanding production to sparkling wines, Vermouths and Bitters
2014 Rennovation of old tasting room at Castagnole Lanze winery

The Story

The Rivetti family story began in the 1890s when Giovanni Rivetti, grandfather to brothers Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians at that time, he dreamed of returning rich and a powerful man, and perhaps even one day having the opportunity to make a great wine in his homeland. Though Giovanni never did, his son, Giuseppe (nicknamed "Pin"), fulfilled the dream. Pin married Lidia, purchased vineyards, and began to make wine. In 1977 the family took up residence at LA SPINETTA (meaning "top of the hill") in Castagnole Lanze, located in the heart of the area well-known for Moscato d'Asti, a rather light and simple dessert wine at the time. The Rivetti's believed, however, that Moscato had the potential for greatness and set out to prove it by producing the region's first single-vineyard Moscato wines, Bricco Quaglia and Biancospino.

Over time, the family's vision became even grander, and in 1985 LA SPINETTA made its first red wine, Barbera Cà di Pian, with many great reds to follow. In 1989 the Rivetti brothers named their red blend (Nebbiolo/Barbera) "Pin" in honor of their father. The first Barbaresco, Gallina, was produced in 1995 followed by Barbarescos Starderi, Barbera d'Alba Gallina in 1996 and and Barbaresco Valeirano in 1997. Barbera d'Asti Superiore entered the lineup in 1998.

In 2000 the family's ambition of adding a Barolo to the winery production became a reality. The Rivetti's acquired vineyards in Grinzane Cavour where a state of the art cellar, LA SPINETTA Campè, was also constructed.

In 2001 LA SPINETTA expanded beyond the borders of Piedmont, acquiring 65 hectares (160 acres) of vineyards in Tuscany, between Pisa and Volterra, where three different 100% Sangiovese wines are produced. For LA SPINETTA Sangiovese is the true ambassador of the Tuscan terrain. From 2004 to 2012 the indigenous Tuscan portfolio was completed with the production of a Colorino, a Vermentino, a Prugnolo Gentile, a Chianti and a Rosé wine made from Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile.

In 2011 LA SPINETTA yet adds another winery to the exisiting thrre and purchases Italy's oldest Metodo Classico sparkling wine producer, CONTRATTO, in Canelli, Piedmont. The exquisite bubbles of CONTRATTO as well as the Vermouths and Bitter make LA SPINETTA's already large wine portfolio complete.

LA SPINETTA S.S. / Via Annunziata 17 / 14054 Castagnole Lanze / Tel: 0141 877396 /