Antichi Vigneti di Cantalupo

Another truly exciting area of Alto-Piemonte, Ghemme is located in the hills of the Novarra province, just across the river from Gattinara. The Arlunno family, owners of Antichi Vignetti di Cantalupo have lived and farmed here since the late fifteenth century. Cantalupo was established in 1969 when Ghemme gained DOC status and so the family made the decision to re-plant their old vineyards, extend the area under vine and build their winery.

Around 400 meters above sea level, Ghemme has the highest vineyards on this side of the Sesia river, the soils here are varied and complex, much more so than other areas of Alto Piemonte. Locally known as Spanna, Nebbiolo is the majority of their production but the DOCG also permits the addition of Vespolina and/or Uva Rara, locally known as Bonarda Novarese, at a maximum of 25%.

The wines of Ghemme are distinctive, elegant, powerful, high in alcohol and tannin content, making them extremely age worthy. Cantalupo offers two single vineyard cru’s; Ghemme DOCG Collis Carellae and Ghemme DOCG Collis Breclemae. In addition to other styles such as Colline Novaresi DOC Agamium, which is 100% Nebbiolo aged for 12 months in Slavonian oak.

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"The 2013 Ghemme Collis Breclamae is fabulous. Deep, dark and also translucent, the 2013 possesses magnificent clarity as well as structure. Black cherry, lavender, truffle, mint, spice and new leather all develop in an ample, resonant Ghemme that hits all the right notes. A rich, substantial finish rounds things out in style." 96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2020)

"The 2013 Ghemme Collis Carellae is brighter and also more ethereal than the Collis Breclamae. Sweet floral notes, red berry fruit, mint, sage and alpine flowers all grace the 2013. A wine of exquisite beauty, the Collis Carellae is decidedly airy, even though it has plenty of Ghemme punch too. Crushed autumn leaves, raspberry and pine all linger on the mid-weight finish. " 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2020)