A fascinating underground itinerary which retraces the history of Italian sparkling wine through Gancia archives, the historical mark which holds the first place in the primogeniture of the "Made in Italy" bubbles.
The underground cathedrals, Gancia's historical cellars, unwind below the subsoil of the town of Canelli. Thanks to their beauty and importance, they have been chosen by UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site and are now a candidate of the wine cultivating landscapes of South Piedmont.
The House of Gancia underground cathedrals represent an historical patrimony inestimable for its architecture dedicated to oenology: dug out of the calcareous tuff centuries ago, a perfect natural thermal insulation capable of maintaining a constant temperature of 12-14 degrees, ideal for the preparation and refining of great wines.
The pressing in baskets of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Moscato grapes, for the production of Gancia Classic Method sparkling wines, is performed in suggestive cellars of over 600 square metres, with vaulted ceilings dating back to the beginning of the 18th Century. Located in these cellars is the "Pressa Marmonier", with two cages, each of 4500, for the pressing of 60% of the grapes in a very soft manner, 16 stainless steel temperature controlled and thermal conditioned tanks, with a capacity of 80.000 litres each for the fermentation and conservation of the base wines for the production of Classic Method sparkling wines for the cuvée and 300 barriques with a 225 litre capacity for the fermentation and maturation of the wine.