The incredible story of Casa Gancia dates back many years to 1850. Since then, Gancia has delivered significant growth and innovation and in 2020 proudly celebrates its 170 years anniversary. The story of Gancia is about passion, terroir and respect for traditions which go hand in hand with the unification of Italy as a country.
It all started in the middle of the 19th century when the production of spumante in Italy was merely a dream. In 1850, after a few years spent in Reims to understand the secrets and techniques of Champagne production, Carlo Gancia returned to Italy and founded F.lli Gancia & C. It was here where he started to experiment. He wanted to adapt what he learnt in Champagne to the Moscato grape that was very popular in his region and had similar characteristics to the Pinot grape. In 1865, after a long time spent experimenting and perfecting the process, Carlo Gancia created the very first Moscato Champagne. The final result of the Moscato grape was at the level of French Champagne in terms of taste and its interesting aroma – something that is unique to Moscato. In the following years, Gancia also created the first metodo classico sparkling wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At the time, these wines were named ‘Italian Champagne’.
Casa Gancia created the official rules for the production of the first Italian Classic Sparkling Wine Method, the same rules that even today – 170 years later – define the production of this beautiful product.
The story of Gancia is about terroir and the people who work in the vineyards, people who dedicate their life to look after the vineyards, taking great care of each single detail, every day. It is an incredible journey that starts from the vineyards through to the winery and historical cellars – named Underground Cathedrals due to their unique and impressive architecture. In these cathedrals, which run under the winery, the bottles rest peacefully and thanks to them, the candidacy process that led the wine landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato and the Historic Cellars to become a World Heritage Site in 2014 began.
The Ministry of Economic Development and Poste Italiane made this anniversary even more important, dedicating to F.lli Gancia & C. S.p.A. an ordinary stamp belonging to the thematic series "The Excellencies of the productive and economic system", which reinforces the prestige of one of the most important and historic company in the wine-making industry at global level.
The stamp, printed by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A. in four hundred thousand copies, reproduces a vintage poster of F.lli Gancia & C. S.p.A. called "Donna Farfalla", created by the illustrator and painter Leonetto Cappiello in 1922. The stamp is completed by the legends "GANCIA" and "FROM 1850 170 YEARS OF SPARKLING WINE", the words "ITALIA" and the tariff indication "B".
The presentation date of this postage stamp dedicated to Gancia was fixed on September 24th, 2020, with the presence of the management, some representatives of both municipal and provincial institutions and of the Poste Italiane.
Today, 170 years later, Gancia is a company that is forward looking but always respectful of its roots and founders. Thanks to the opportunity offered by the Ministry of Economic Development and Poste Italiane – to create a dedicated postage stamp – Gancia celebrates the achievements that are still to come.
Also this year, following the selections made by the commission of Sparkle 2021 (*), a guide dedicated to the best Italian dry sparkling wines published by Cucina&Vini, the quality of Casa Gancia was awarded with the maximum recognition of the 5 Spheres assigned to the following wines:
• CUVÉE 120 MESI RISERVA ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT 2008
• CUVÉE 60 MESI RISERVA ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT 2011
Sparkle is the guide of the best dry sparkling wines of Italy, an annual publication since 2003. The wines are evaluated with a score in tenths, from 0.5 to 5 spheres.
Gancia Classic Methods have been awarded by the Vinibuoni d’Italia guide - 2021 edition with the following scores:
• GANCIA CUVÉE 60 MESI RISERVA ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT 2011 – 4 STARS
• GANCIA CUVÉE 36 MESI ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT 2013 – 3 STARS
• GANCIA CUVÉE 36 MESI ALTA LANGA DOCG PAS DOSÉ 2013 – 3 STARS
• GANCIA CUVÉE 36 MESI ALTA LANGA DOCG ROSE’ 2015 – 3 STARS
• GANCIA CUVÉE 18 MESI PIEMONTE DOC SPUMANTE BRUT – 3 STARS
Inspired by the Italian enological tradition and led to promote the territory and typicality, Vinibuoni d’Italia is a unique guide in the international landscape.
It is the only guide dedicated to wines made by native vines (present in Italy for over 300 years). Vinibuoni d’Italia is based on an amazing process of selection; over 80 tasters divided in 21 commissions works together to select excellent wines.
VINIBUONI d'ITALIA, in collaboration with the BeSPIRIT team, launched in 2020 "SPIRITIBUONI D'ITALIA", the first national competition for Italian spirits and bitters. This guide has included GANCIA in the special "50 Top Spirits Italia" ranking, the first and unique selection of the 50 best producers of Italian spirits, which represent the Italian excellence in terms of Distillates, Bitter and Amari. Following the tastings, for GANCIA were selected and awarded in the 2021 edition:
• GANCIA FERNET – 3 STARS
• LUIS GIN EIGHT – 3 STARS
• GANCIA BITTER – 1 STAR
about which the comment was: “…The star of Made in Italy…guided the members of Spirito Autoctono through repeated tastings, in order to be sure to evaluate each of your products in the best way...A star guided us to you…it was a pleasure for us to taste them, evaluate them and tell them, paying homage to your work and the territory that inspired it..."
Gancia Charmat Methods have been awarded at Sakura – Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2021 edition with the following scores:
• GANCIA MOSCATO ROSÉ – GOLD MEDAL
• GANCIA ASTI D.O.C.G. – SILVER MEDAL
• GANCIA PROSECCO D.O.C. – SILVER MEDAL
The “SAKURA” Awards started its history in 2014 as the first international wine competition judged solely by women in Japan. Chaired by Yumi Tanabe, an active and leading wine educator in our country, the Awards has grown gradually and now become the largest and the most important wine competition in Asia with over 4,000 items entry from across the world.
Sakura Awards competition results always draw keen attention from both Japan and abroad, as it has encouraged the evolvement of new wine selection criteria from Japanese women’s perspective and further activation of wine culture and market in Japan is widely expected.
Gancia Charmat Methods have been awarded at Korea Wine Challenge 2020 edition with the following scores:
• GANCIA MOSCATO D’ASTI D.O.C.G. – SILVER MEDAL
• GANCIA MOSCATO ROSÉ – SILVER MEDAL
KOREA WINE CHALLENGE (KWC) is hosted by the monthly magazine ‘Wine Review’. Under the slogan of ‘Selecting the best quality wines for the Korean palate to introduce the most trustworthy wines to customers’ KWC has made dedicated efforts to develop the Korean wine market over the past 16 years.
The award’s purposes are: select best wine for Korean palate and introduce great wine, offer the place for the promotion of the growth of the wine market and establish a marketing strategy for the settling down of a sound wine culture in Korea.