This year Contratto is celebrating 150 years of distinguished history and wine making. The winery was the first in Italy to make vintage "metodo classico" sparkling wine. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the Contratto bubbles that were requested by the Vatican and the royal houses of Europe. In fact, the wines were exported to the far corners of the British Empire to be enjoyed by ambassadors and colonial governors.
Since June 2011 Contratto is officially in the hands of Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta, but the idea of taking over the Contratto sparkling wine production was already "planted" in 2007. For 4 years the Rivetti family had been secretly making metodo classico wines at Contratto, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Oltrepo Pavese. Today Contratto rents vineyards in Oltrepo Pavese as well as in Costiglione d'Asti.
Major investments in vineyards in Alta Langa (Bossolasco) to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and etsablish a production of 100% Estate grown fruit have already been made.
The new philosophy is different from the one of the past and the one of the big Champagne houses, as Giorgio Rivetti and his team have their minds set to make "great wine with bubbles" and not another typical sparkling wine, that is largely effected by its dosage.
With La Spinetta philosophy behind the brand, one may be certain, the goals for future quality are extremely ambitious.
For wine journalist, James Suckling, our For England Rosé, Pas Dosé 2011 is not only one of the top 100 wines from Italy, but the absolute best sparkling wine!
95 points James Suckling
“One of my favorite rosé sparkling wines in the world with light fresh strawberry and lemon-rind undertones. Full body, bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Yet bright and lively. Caressing texture. Very dry and delicious finish. Drink now.”