Giuseppe Contratto founded the historic winery in the 1867; the construction of what are now known as the Cathedrals of Wine, was completed in the early 1900s.
In the 10’s Contratto wines began to leave the city of Canelli in the direction of renowned foreign markets. Contratto began to be synonymous with prestige and quality, also becoming official supplier for the Vatican and the Belgian royal house, as well as the Savoy family in 1913.
In 1919 Contratto produced the first vintage classic method sparkling wine ever produced in Italy.
Since the 1920’s Contratto adds to its production refined liqueurs and vermouths, which since 2012 have returned to production respecting the original recipes.
In 1993 the Bocchino family, already owner of the homonymous distillery, took over the company, and started an important renovation, completed in 1997.
In 2007, Giorgio Rivetti began his collaboration with Bocchino; this will be nothing more than the preamble to the acquisition which officially takes place in 2011. The Rivetti brothers, with the experience earned with La Spinetta and moved by great passion, launch this new and important project.
A crucial decision was immediately made: the acquisition of several hectares of land, partly already planted with vines, near the small village of Bossolasco. Located in the highest part of the Langhe, the Bossolasco area lends itself perfectly to the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Alta Langa DOCG grapes.
In 2014 the Contratto winery received a very important recognition: the historic Wine Cathedral is officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Contratto has the ambitious aim of talking about its territory through a glass of wine; the Rivetti family strongly believes the wine is made in the vineyard, because the secret to produce a great wine can only be a great grape.