Azienda Agricola Gatto Pierfrancesco is run by the dynamic Pierfrancesco Gatto. His grandfather, Giacomo, established the estate at the end of the 19th century and sold his wines in Milano from his horse-drawn cart. The winery produced excellent wines and received the Gold Medal in Torino in 1964.
The 8 ha property is situated in the hills of Castagnole Monferrato, Montemagno and Refrancore. Plantings are composed of 3 ha Ruchè, 4 ha Barbera, and 1 ha Grignolino, all Guyot trained. Through short pruning in the spring and green harvesting in the summer, yields are severely restricted. Vines are 230 to 260 meters (755/853 feet) above sea level, with a mix of south, east, west, and southwest exposures. The vineyards are planted to a density of 4900 plants per hectare with an average of 1,6 kilos of fruit per plant. Soils are sandy, with little organic substance but rich in potassium and magnesium. They are very “base” in their PH due to calcareous veins.
The cellar dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Today, it has cutting-edge vinification equipment, along with temperature-controlled rooms and stainless steel tanks. The barrels range in size from 225 liters to 500 liters to 20 hectoliters, all from tight-grained Slavonian and French oak.
Farming practices: Treatment of the vines follows both biodynamic and sustainable philosophies; copper and sulfur are used sparingly. The estate is in organic conversion, but not currently certified.