Gemma came into being in 1978, when Silvano Piacentini decided to found a new wine producing enterprise in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba, located inside an old winery which had formerly belonged to the Marchesi Falletti’s Opera Pia Barolo (the premises have now been completely renovated, with state-of-theart vinification equipment and new barrels). The Gemma company actually owns around 16 hectares (39.5 acres) of vineyards – divided up between the communes of Serralunga and Monforte d’Alba, of which 65% consist of plantings of Nebbiolo for Barolo.
In 1990, Giorgio Barbero joined the company. He works with the Faculty of Agriculture at Turin University, and it is he who is responsible for supervising and developing all of Cantine Gemma’s viticultural and winemaking operations.
photo by Franco Giacone