Visit Italy's most historic and fascinating winery, an UNESCO World Heritage site...

A visit to the cellars of Contratto is a one-of-a-kind experience.

In 151 years of winemaking, Contratto went from producing Moscato and red and white wine to Spumante Metodo Classico, as well as Vermouth, tonic and syrups. The historic cathedral cellars, now designated to become a UNESCO Heritage Site, are a real treasure, and among the finest of their kind. These huge underground cellars, covering more than 5,000 square meters, were built into the heart of the hill that protects the small town of Canelli, excavated from tuff limestone to a depth of 32 meters.

In an elegant edifice built in Italian Liberty-style, with impressive wrought iron gates and an enchanting cobblestoned courtyard, Contratto winery welcomes its guests. A gallery holds documents and photos recording the history of the company and, in the "sala dei sacchi" there is a fascinating collection of ancient instruments and machines once used for the vinification process.

The highlight of the visit are the 32 meter deep cathedral cellars where, for almost 150 years, bottles of wine produced with Moscato and since the 1940s with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes have been stored as well as the tasting of today's high end sparkling wines and artisanal Vermouths, Aperitif and Bitter.

Contratto is pleased to receive visitors from Monday to Sunday, preferably by appointment. The maximum group size that can be accommodated at a time is 25 people. Please calculate 90 minutes for the tour through the cellars, that emphasizes the history of 145 years of wine making and the tasting, that follows the tour...

Bringing your loved ones with you:
Our guests are more than welcome to bring along their children. Children, unless they are old enough (decision of the parent) to participate in the tasting, visit the winery at a reduced price of 10,00 Euro. We kindly like to ask the parents to always supervise their children. Please note, that the loved ones on four legs are not permitted in the cellar, as it is after all, a food making facility.

Charges per person:
25,00 Euro for the tour and the tasting

We may accomodate groups up to 25 people.

To book a visit, please send a short mail to: or
or call
Tel: +39 0141 823 349

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CONTRATTO 360 Virtual Tour

this is a package that any great food and wine lover will enjoy...

La Spinetta and Contratto are proud to present the ultimate wine lovers day, perfect for all Piemontese wine and food enthusiasts looking to experience wine making first-hand and the philosophy that leads to great wine making, while having a very exciting and pleasurable day. This package gives you the opportunity to taste the famous Contratto sparkling wines and powerful La Spinetta reds, visit the magical UNESCO World Heritage cellar of Contratto and that of La Spinetta, and furtherly enjoy delicious specialities for lunch at our own restaurant, Ape Wine Bar.

The experience starts in the morning with a tour around the cellars of Contratto, followed by a tasting of all of our sparkling wines. For whomever would like to know and see a little more, we offer the opportunity to watch the talented Mauro turn bottles in the Pupitre and disgorge a bottle by hand. This process requires a particular talent, which has become very rare to find, as today this work is solely done by machines. Following Contratto, a typical lunch (including antipasto, primo and dessert) will be waiting for you at Ape Wine Bar in Santo Stefano Belbo (five minutes away from Contratto and 20 minutes from La Spinetta).

The final step is at La Spinetta in Castagnole delle Lanze, where the Rivetti’s journey started more than 40 years ago. At La Spinetta you will have the opportunity to experience the production of red wines and taste Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco and our Moscato d’Asti. And again, for whomever desires to learn and taste a bit more, we invite you to go into the cellar with one of our staff and taste wines directly from the barriques.

The price of the package is 100 euros per person.

If you wish to end your day as marvellously and magically as you started it, we would be delighted to recommend quality restaurants, from Michelin-starred to local Osterias, and hotels, from five-star luxury hotels to simpler ones, but nevertheless charming and welcoming.

Please contact Elena for further information and to book in advance.


BBC Wall to Wall filming with Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham

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Browsing Italy, UNESCO World Heritage Site: Contratto Cellar In Canelli, Piemonte

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Restaurant Recommendations

Looking for restaurants in our area? We recently opened in corporation with a local restaurateur a Wine Bar in Santo Stefano Belbo, called “Ape Wine Bar”. Ape is the Italian short form for Aperitivo, as we love our "piemontese" way to celebrate a glass of excellent wine with splendid little bites in a casual and beautiful ambience. This is what our bar and restaurant are about. A perfect combination of local dishes and flavours, great wines and splendid atmosphere, all at a fair price and only 5 minutes away from Contratto.

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Besides Ape, there are many more excellent restaurants in the area, some with a Michelin Star some more traditional and relaxed. Here is a pdf list of what we like.

Hotel Recommendations

Looking for hotel accommodation in our area? Here is a pdf list of what we like to recommend.

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