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2019 #Piemonte | Travaglini winery, Gattinara

Updated: Jan 8

In the small wine production zone of Gattinara, where total acreage of the vineyards is only about 90 hectares, having property of almost a half of them means you're one among a couple of the largest #wine producers. This is said about Travaglini, who definitely deserves an attention.

Travaglini has 44 hectares planted under vines in #Gattinara in Piemonte, the majority of them of course is Nebbiolo (locally known as Spanna) one of the noblest grape varieties in the world, and some plantings of other indigenous grapes like Vespolina and Uva Rara, used for simple vines, not that much famous as #Nebbiolo.


The estate is located in a nice place on the hillside, a bit out of Gattinara town itself, but closer to the vineyards indeed.

The winery is family-led business, it was established in 1920 by Clemente Travaglini, followed then by Giancarlo Travaglini and succesfully operating in the area during almost a hundred years. The winery is now being led by Cinzia Travaglini managing commercial side of the business and her husband Massimo taking care of winemaking part.

The winery's showroom is quite big and spacious, where you can see whole story of the estate and a lot of different prestigious awards won by Travaligni wines during many years.

And yes, this special outstanding design of the bottle has it's own story. Originally it was created 1958 with idea of Giancarlo Travaglini, Cinzia's father, to have a #bottle designed especially to catch up the sediment during pouring, to allow serving wine directly from bottle without decanting. Thus a special bulge on the right side of the bottle, which gives it asymmetrical look and feel, works for this particular purpose. As those times in 50s-60s the technologies in #winemaking were not that great developed as nowadays and filtering was not that fine, so sediment in the wine was a real problem, therefore this idea was revolutionary perfect.

Besides, Travaglini bottle really look like an art object. Love it.

As said above, Travaglini is one of the largest producers in Gattinara area, so the volumes of the tanks you will find in production zone and size of production itself is rather relevant to the quantities being sold internally in Italy and exported as well.

Fermentation area, only stainless steel tanks are used...

...different sizes and shapes, all with temperature control.

Most of the wines are going under maceration on skins around 15 days and everything is fermented in stainless steel.

The cellars are like an article about wine ageing in a study book for every good wine student: you can find any types and sizes of wooden casks and #barrels here...

...huge casks of Slavonian oak...

...medium sized oak casks...

...small french oak barriques (new oak is used in a small percentage).

Interestingly, the company recently started production of #sparkling wine, this is the first vintage being now aged on lees in the cellars. I'm already awaiting impatiently to taste it and the time, when this wine will be pushed on the market.

Tasting room's feng shui. Actually I'm so much in love with the part of books' library, presented at almost all the tasting rooms in wineries of Piemonte. It shows perfectly how much proud the region is with its history and winemaking traditions.

Travaglini Gattinara DOCG


Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vinification: alocholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins about 15 days

Ageing: 3 years in total, 2 years in big casks of Slavonian oak, small percentage of French oak barriques within a year, 3 months in bottle

Nose: cranberry, strawberry, dried leaves and crushed gravel

Palate: silky tannins, notable structure, earthy notes

Storage potential: 8-10 years


Very good Gattinara wine, Nebbiolo character is quite notable here, even though it's an easy-drinking Nebbiolo, I would say. Tannins are already soft and round, so you don't need to wait for another decade to open this bottle - just enjoy it right now. This wine could be paired with lots of food like meat, poultry, grilled vegetables and cheeses.

Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne DOCG


Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vinification: alocholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins about 15 days

Ageing: 5 years in total, 42 month in big casks of Slavonian oak, 20% within 12 montn in french oak barriques, 8 months in bottle

Nose: pomegranate, raspberry jam, red plum, tamarind hints

Palate: full body, soft tannins, round structure, forest floor

Storage potential: 12-15 years


This wine produced especially from only 3 parcels of Gattinara vineyards, that's why it called Tre Vigne (=Three Vines in English), and crafted only in the best vintages. You can taste a special terrior in this wine already, iron soils with rocky minerals give distinguishing flavours to this particular wine made of Nebbiolo grapes.

Travaglini Gattinara Riserva DOCG


Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 13.5%

Vinification: alocholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins about 15 days

Ageing: 5 years in total, 4 years in big casks of Slavonian oak, small percentage in french oak barriques within a year, 8 months in bottle

Nose: red cherries, dried roses, mushrooms, cedar, liquorice and pepper

Palate: full body, silky tannins, persistent, long finish

Storage potential: over 15 years


This wine produced especially only in the best vintages. It is my fave of Travaglini, very complex, structured deep wine, full of aromas and flavours you can enjoy for a long time, the wine opens you slowly once you have patience.

Thanks to Alessandro for professional and welcome managing my visit and tasting.

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