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Gattinara is a literary wine, quoted by many Piedmontese authors. It takes its name from the town bearing the same name and its roots go back to the Roman age. In fact, the legend has it that the Gattinara vines were planted by the Romans during the II century BC.
According to the historical documents kept in the Vercelli episcopal archive, Gattinara vineyards flourished on the Northern Piedmont hills, at the times of Charlemagne (742-814).
For sure, it must have really been a great wine, if in 1518, the Marquis of Gattinara, Cardinal Mercurino Arborio, also Chancellor of Charles V, a lover of the wines produced on his lands, dared introducing it to the Spanish Royal Court!
This is why Gattinara wine is always associated to this diplomatic figure, a renown gourmet, who helped promoting the wine by offering it during his successful diplomatic missions;)