The Gatto Pierfrancesco company was founded in the early 900, and is located in Castagnole Monferrato, in the province of Asti. A hilly area with cold winters and hot summers, mitigated by continuous sunshine, which allows a perfect ripening of the grapes produced here: Barbera, Grignolino and Ruchè. The latter was imported into these areas in the Middle Ages by Cistercian monks who came from Burgundy. Ruchè was the wine of festivity and solemn occasions, the wine that in the infernuts occupied the niches most hidden, able to preserve liturgically this wine, precious as a relic. Almost lost vanilla was rediscovered by Fr. Giacomo Cauda, considered Ruchè's father. Pierfancesco thanks to his meeting with Don Giacomo Cauda falls in love with the Ruchè and now cultivates 3 hectares of this vine, to which are added another 17 among the municipalities of Fr Montemagno, Viarigi, Refrancore and Castagnole Monferrato raised in Barbera and Grignolino. The vineyards are located on sandy, tuff-like terrain, with a south-west exposure that allows a good maturation and salubrity of the grapes. Pierfrancesco Cat tries to intervene as little in the vine as in the cellar so that its wine is the most natural and loyal mirror of the terroir. 80000 bottles produced between: the splendid Ruchè, the Grignolino d'Asti Montalto, the two Barbera d'Asti Superiore, the Vigna Serra and the Jolanda, and a pure Pinot Nero, partially vinified in tonneaux, housed in a hectare of recent acquisition.
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