Bignotti cellars were created for the willing to rediscover the wine tradition of Valcamonica.
The winery was established in 1997, when Bignotti’s family decided to start to cultivate the tiny vineyard of the paternal grandfather, who had always run it and had produced wine from the grapes in the traditional 15thcentury-cellars located in via Monte Grappa.
In the same year as the creation of the company, they began to position a portion of this vineyard according to a new growing methodology: the guyot. The following year, in 1998, with “Cultivar delle Volte”, after 20 years from the disappearance of the Lanzato wine, the first bottle of Valcamonica wine was produced. In 2001, the small vineyard was entirely hidden; whence the necessity of buying an old vineyard, which had remained uncultivated for 25 years and partially reforested, but which had been devoted to wine at the times of Lanzato wine: the Fenocolo vineyard.
Then, the activity for territorial restoration that led to the cultivation of about 3 yards of land started.
Today, the vineyard is wholly terraced; between a wall and another, the terraces can reach a height of one meter and a half. The slopes are always higher than 30% and, in the steepest points, they exceed 70%. Nowadays, by the vineyards, some olive trees have grown and are used for the production of the extra virgin olive oil “Cultivar delle volte”.
In the village of Piancogno along the old road "delle Volte" which links the village to its suburb called "Annunciata", the two plots of land which give birth to our wines extend.
The first vineyard you come across along the road “Delle Volte” can be distinguished behind the church of the village called Piamborno.
It is actually the original vineyard from which all the project has started and it is located alongside the historical cellars of the 15th century, in which the wine making and the refinement of all our wines "Cultivar delle volte" still take place.
The second vineyard is located up ahead in the "conca del Fenocolo", just below the first of the many turns that characterize the ancient road.
The cellar of the Bignotti family, in which the wine “Cultivar delle volte” is produced and finally bottled just starting from the grapes of his own vineyards, is located in Piamborno, Monte Grappa Street, behind the church of the village.
They are two leveled cellars and they permit the so-called “A caduta” winemaking technique: at the arrival of the grapes there is a selection of the bunches and grapes are removed from the stalks.
Then, red wines undergo the pressing phase, while for white wines there is a softer pressing.
When the first phase of fermentation has finished, the temperature is checked and after that, the wine is sent, by leaving falling down, to the underground cellar in which the fermentation goes on. It is then refined in steel or oak barrels and finally bottled. Our sparkling wines are instead produced with a more classical method, the removal of stalks is handmade inside the underground cellar.