Giuseppe Contratto founded his winery in 1867, when he began to vinify muscat grapes from the Monferrato area, producing one of the first Italian sparkling wines in bottles. Also in those years the Contratto family began the construction of the historic cellar, which was then completed at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The Contract remained at the helm of the winery until 1993, when the Bocchino family, already owner of the homonymous distillery, took the reins of the company starting a remarkable renovation of the Cathedral of Wine, the internal courtyard and the tasting room.
Giorgio Rivetti, always a great lover of Champagne, began to collaborate with Bocchino family, immediately guessing the great potential of the historic sparkling wine house. Shortly after, in 2011, the Rivetti decided to take an important step and acquired the winery.
Riveti immediately acquired several hectares of land, partly already protected, near the small town of Bossolasco. Located in the highest part of the Langhe, the Bossolasco area lends itself perfectly to the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grapes used in the production of Alta Langa Docg. This marks the official entry of Contract into the Alta Langa Consortium, becoming a reference point for the entire denomination.
“The 2013 Metodo Classico Millesimato Pas Dosé has the bright intensity and definition of the highest caliber sparkling wine. This blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay is creamy and rich in the mouth with fine, soft beading. You’ll pick up notes of lemon mousse and honeydew melon. It would go beautifully with delicate seafood dishes. Drink 2019-2030” – 93 points, Wine Advocate (ML) – June 2019
If you visit the area!
In 2014 another important recognition was awarded to the Contract winery: the historic Wine Cathedral is officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The beautiful Cathedral was excavated entirely by hand under the hillside above the city of Canelli. This extends for about 5,000 square meters and reaches a maximum depth of about 38 meters. The characteristic sedimental marl, rich in limestone tuff, favors the maintenance of the constant temperature at 13 degrees.