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.
In line with the company philosophy "Drink beauty", a beauty that has been deeply rooted in the history and in the Gancia sparkling wines for 170 years, Cuvée 170 Mesi Riserva Alta Langa DOC 2005 is born. Aged in historic cellars for over 170 months, this exclusive Gancia classic method is packaged in a bottle with a design based on tradition and innovation and kept in a prestigious wooden box inspired by Gancia's iconic packaging from the early 20th century.
Alta Langa for contemplation, crafted with particular attention and passion, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are harvested in small baskets and pressed in a very soft way. Aging of 170 months on its yeasts and a low dosage of 2 g/l give the product elegance and generosity.
Aroma and taste are complex and structured: ripe fruits, yeasts, vanilla notes, surprising finesse and great minerality.
We are delighted and honored to share with you 3 important awards received during the world’s largest wine competition “Decanter World Wine Awards 2020”
• GANCIA CUVEE 36 MESI ALTA LANGA DOCG BRUT 2013, SILVER MEDAL - 93 pts.
• GANCIA CUVEE 36 MESI ALTA LANGA DOCG ROSE’ 2015, BRONZE MEDAL – 89 pts.
• GANCIA PROSECCO DOC DRY, BRONZE MEDAL – 86 pts.
Now in its 17th year, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world's largest and most influential wine competition. Judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, the DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process.
This year, 16.518 wines have been tasted and judged by over 100 experts.
The panel, made up of judges Andrea Briccarello, Michael Garner and Anthony Rose, analyzed classic method wines from Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and Sicily.
Among the 95 wines that were tasted by the panel, 11 "Alta Langa Docg" were classified as "highly recommended" (scores between 90 and 94 points) including Gancia Cuvée 60 Mesi Riserva Brut Alta Langa 2010.
The article mentions: "The judges appreciated the quality and consistency of the classic method sparkling wines of Italy (...), the Piedmontese Alta Langa was defined by Michael Garner as a region to look at".
The president of the Alta Langa Consortium, Giulio Bava, comments: «We welcome with great interest the result of the tasting of “Decanter”. Our Consortium is working for quality and these signs confirm the growth of the denomination. Alongside the numbers-hectares of vineyards, producers, references, bottles produced-authority and notoriety are growing».
The excellence of a Reserve, a premium quality and classy Alta Langa sparkling wine, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, selected from the best vineyards of the Alta Langa Docg area and matured on the lees for more than 5 years. Elegantly wrapped in its dark blue cover, Gancia Cuvée 60 Mesi Riserva Brut is a perfect union of quality, territory and image.
We are happy to announce the winning of prestigious award Faccino Doctor Wine to 120 Mesi Riserva Alta Langa Docg, a further confirmation of its excellence and quality.
Three of our Gancia Classic Method Sparkling Wines have been prized by Guida Essenziale ai Vini d’Italia 2021:
- CUVEE 120 MESI RISERVA ALTA LANGA DOCG 2008, 95/100 points & FACCINO DOCTOR WINE, the most important awards conferred to the wines with a score equal or higher of 95 points;
- CUVEE 60 MESI RISERVA ALTA LANGA DOCG 2011
- CUVEE 24 MESI ASTI DOCG 2012
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Born in Italy, before Italy. As early as 1850, Gancia created the first sparkling wines in the Italian peninsula. Since then, Gancia has become part of Italian culture and heritage. Which Italian cannot recall the memory of a Gancia bottle being placed on their family’s beautifully dressed Christmas table?
Beauty is deeply rooted in Gancia’s identity, history and wines. The beauty of the hills around Asti and Canelli, where the vines have been grown by Piemonte farmers for generations. The beauty of the brand’s creative expressions, dating back to the 19th century: labels, posters, films, all preciously conserved in Gancia’s Canelli museum. The beauty of the wine-makers’ savoir-faire, that of the Charmat method or the Metodo Classico. The beauty of the wines themselves, their golden, pink and bronze highlights, and the famous bright red of the Americano. The beauty of sharing and tasting : all deeply rooted in friendship, love and the dolce vita! Gancia is about Italy, the nation it so proudly belongs to. Is Italy not, among all the others in the world, the country of beauty?
While we usually contemplate and admire beauty, what if we could drink beauty? Today, this is what Gancia is proposing us to do with its newly designed collections of Charmat wines - full of joyful and audacious colors – and Alta Langa Metodo Classico, now presented in an innovative although deeply traditional wrapping.
But the real beauty is what lies inside. What is true for a person is true for a wine. Together with its farming partners, Gancia is constantly improving the quality of its wines.
This is Gancia’s soul and ambition: to drink beauty !