HISTORY

 

RELATING THE HISTORY OF AZIENDA AGRICOLA PLATINETTI GUIDO INVOLVES, AS ALWAYS HAPPENS WHEN TALKING ABOUT VINEYARDS AND WINES, MENTIONING THE TRADITIONS BUT, ABOVE ALL, DESCRIBING THE STORY OF DETERMINED MEN.

Gaudenzio Fontana and Carlo Platinetti, grandfather and great-grandfather respectively of the current heirs of the company, began growing vines, in the early 20th century, in the best-suited areas of Ghemme (Baragiola, Val Maiolo, la Rosa and Ronco al Maso) and selling batches of wine, as was the custom in the village. In particular, Gaudenzio, born in 1889, after taking part in the First World War, vinified grapes - from the 1920s to the 1950s - from his vineyards in his own wine cellar in Via Interno Castello, in characteristic Ricetto di Ghemme, as testified by the large stone wine press that still exists there. Like all the inhabitants of Ghemme at the time, he sold wine in a “vassel” (barrel) directly to wholesalers. They collected wine from the hills of Ghemme and also sent it to Switzerland by rail, where it was much appreciated. In the 1960s, the agricultural activities of Gaudenzio and Carlo's families became less important due to the development of textile industries in th e local area. Young people left their jobs in the vineyards because they were attracted by an apparently easier life.

N THE FIRST HALF OF THE 1970S, GAUDENZIO'S SON MARIO SET UP AZIENDA AGRICOLA PLATINETTI GUIDO, WITH THE HELP OF HIS FATHER-IN-LAW GUIDO, CARLO'S SON. They continued to cultivate the existing vineyards and planted the first steeply sloping parcels of land on the first hill towards the village.
n this area, called Ronco al Maso, marked by excellent south-west exposure, it was possible to claim the new designation of origin for the wine produced: Ghemme DOC. These vineyards are still producing wine today. Over the years, the rooted vine cuttings of the original planting system have developed deep roots. These can penetrate several metres into the fluvial-glacial soil to search for nutrients and minerals, which, assimilated by vines, are released into the grapes and subsequently pass, year after year, into GHEMME DOCG Wineyard Ronco Maso wine.

TODAY, THE WINERY IS OWNED BY MARIO'S OFFSPRING: STEFANO, ANDREA AND MARIA FONTANA.
Thanks to the direct interest of Andrea, an oenologist, the winery continues to produce wines of the northern Piedmont area.