Wineries

Gemma

Piemonte

Gemma came into being in 1978, when Silvano Piacentini decided to found a new wine producing enterprise in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba, located inside an old winery which had formerly belonged to the Marchesi Falletti's Opera Pia Barolo (the premises have now been completely renovated, with state-of-theart vinification equipment and new barrels). The Gemma company actually owns around 16 hectares (39.5 acres) of vineyards - divided up between the communes of Serralunga and Monforte d'Alba, of which 65% consist of plantings of Nebbiolo for Barolo.
At Serralunga d'Alba, the firm farms vineyards in the Cerrati and Collareto districts, while at Monforte d'Alba it cultivates the Giubellini cru (from which the Barolo Giblìn comes). The average age of these Nebbiolo vineyards is 25-30 years old, with a vine density which varies between 4,500 and 5,500 per hectare (1,820-2,225 per acre).

The Dolcetto vineyards are situated in the commune of Roddino (and more precisely in the renowned sub-zone of Madonna della Neve), whereas that for Barbera is in the commune of Alba (the Bricco Angelini vineyard). The company also owns a small vineyard planted with Rossese in the Castelletto district - a sub-zone of Monforte d'Alba where this old, late-ripening, Piedmontese white grape variety has succeeded in surviving till the present day - from which a rare white wine (partially aged in barriques) is obtained. In 1990, Giorgio Barbero joined the company. He works with the Faculty of Agriculture at Turin University, and it is he who is responsible for supervising and developing all of Cantine Gemma's viticultural and winemaking operations.