The history of Contract wines began way back in 1867 with the production of the first Classic Method sparkling wine obtained from Moscato grapes and the construction of the first part of the underground cellar, now known as the Wine Cathedral. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the consumption of sparkling wine began to change and less sweet and lighter wines became popular. Contract responds to the change by planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir both in the Langa and in Oltrepò Pavese, and creating the “cuvée For England”, an extremely dry wine with a strong character that has conquered the sophisticated palates of the English. The Rivetti family, owners of the La Spinetta winery, acquired the Contract in 2009, and the property now consists of about 40 hectares of vineyards and a production of about 200,000 bottles per year. Contract sparkling wines, all vintage and not dosed, are produced with grapes from vineyards located in the upper Langa at altitudes ranging from 600 to 800 metres. Sustainable agriculture, low yields and obsessive attention to detail combined with a great passion are the foundations of the Contract, a history of great prestige that has lasted for over 150 years.
The botanicals are reduced to a fine powder using a hammer mill. Subsequently, the cold extraction of the aromatic essences takes place, thanks to a hydroalcoholic solution which wets the botanical powders for a period of about 20 days, allowing all their precious aromatic compounds to be extracted. The extract obtained is then mixed with wine, alcohol and sugar, followed by a cooling and filtration process to eliminate any solid residues. Finally, the liquid is aged in steel tanks for about 40 days, to obtain the highest quality.
It emerges for the marked presence of Bergamot, Achillea Moscata and Elderberry, giving a unique aromatic profile. All ingredients used come exclusively from nature. This artisan choice gives an extremely fresh, balanced and delicate character to the final product.
Less sweet product and more suitable for creating cocktails in combination with London dry gin, whiskey and rum.