About La Spinetta

It had always been our intention at CellarHand to 'leave Italian wine to the experts'. That all changed when the opportunity to work with La Spinetta came along. The 2007 edition of Gambero Rosso named this Italy's No. 2 winery just behind Gaja, and the international press continually lauds it as one of the country's most progressive wineries. Suffice to say we were more than curious to find out what all the fuss was about. A visit to Italy confirmed what we had read: this truly is a world-class producer. La Spinetta was founded in 1977 and now spans 165 hectares between Piedmont and Tuscany. Instead of inheriting their land through generations of winemakers, the Rivettis have carefully selected their vineyards over time. All sites have a south, south-east or south-west exposure and the vines tend to have a bit of age (35-65 years). The approach in the winery may be modern but the vineyard ethos is utterly traditional: extensive year round care, extremely low yields and no use of chemical fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. La Spinetta means “top of the hill” and refers to the location of their first cellar in Castagnole delle Lanze in Piedmont. La Spinetta’s motto is: "Making wine with passion". We’ll drink to that.

About Giorgio Rivetti

Giorgio Rivetti began studying viticulture and oenology at the Scuola Enologica di Alba — one of Italy’s oldest wine schools — at the age of 16. Before long he was serving an apprenticeship in both Burgundy and Bordeaux. When he returned to the family home in Piedmont, he set to work alongside his father, Giuseppe, who'd launched La Spinetta in 1977 and quickly gained a reputation for his Moscato d’Asti.
It was Giorgio who led the family's charge into red wines when he made a Barbera d’Asti in 1985. Many other reds quickly followed, and global recognition wasn't far behind. By 2000, La Spinetta’s line-up included about 15 single-vineyard wines from Piedmont. The family's desire to keep pushing boundaries took them to Tuscany, followed by the acquisition of Italy’s oldest traditional-method sparkling wine producer, Contratto, which also makes traditional Italian bitters.
Giorgio works by the principle that 90% of a wine is made in the vineyard, and considers himself a traditionalist. He works with no herbicides or other chemicals and regards the use of barriques and rotofermenters not as instruments for making modern wine but for preserving the quality of the juice produced by the vineyards.

Available Wines

2015  La Spinetta ‘Bricco Quaglia’ Moscato d’Asti

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2010  La Spinetta Barolo Campè

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2006  La Spinetta Barolo Campè

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2012  La Spinetta Barolo Garretti

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2010  La Spinetta Barolo Garretti

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2009  La Spinetta Barolo Garretti

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2010  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Valeirano

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2005  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Valeirano

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2010  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Gallina

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2010  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Starderi

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2005  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Starderi

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2012  La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti Ca di Pian

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2009  La Spinetta Chianti Riserva

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2013  La Spinetta ‘Il Nero Di Casanova’ Sangiovese

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2007  La Spinetta Langhe Bianco Sauvignon

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2013  La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino

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2011  La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino

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Archive

2014  La Spinetta ‘Bricco Quaglia’ Moscato d’Asti

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2005  La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Gallina

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2010  La Spinetta Barbarersco Bordini

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2012  La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo

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2010  La Spinetta Langhe Nebbiolo

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2010  La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti Ca di Pian

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2012  La Spinetta ‘Il Nero Di Casanova’ Sangiovese

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2010  La Spinetta ‘Il Nero Di Casanova’ Sangiovese

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2009  La Spinetta Lidia Chardonnay

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2014  La Spinetta ‘Biancospino’ Moscato d’Asti

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