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Producer Spotlight: Il Rocchin

Welcome to the latest installment of our series highlighting the wineries and producers that craft the wines for Tasting Room! We're excited to show you some behind-the-scenes photos and give you a peek at how some of our crisp Italian whites are made at Il Rocchin in northwest Italy.

Photo courtesy of Il Rocchin

The Il Rocchin estate extends across 100 hectares, of which 44 are planted with grapevines. The property was founded as a cattle and milk farm in the 1700s, and was gradually planted with vineyards until the owners first began bottling wine in 1992. The old farmhouse still stands at the Pian della Pieve, next to the ancient Pieve of Gavi, a post-Romanesque building that dates back to 1100 A.D. The name "Il Rocchin" comes from one of the properties earliest owners.

Photo courtesy of Il Rocchin

Today, the winery is run by the second generation of the Zerbos family. Angelo and Francesca inherited the vineyard from their father, Bruno, along with his passion for grapegrowing, and now they collaborate with him on everything from working in the vineyards to managing the cellar. The winery is located in the village of Gavi, on the left bank of the Lemme stream valley, in an area rich with tradition, history and cultural charm.

Photo courtesy of Il Rocchin

Il Rocchin's Gavi di Gavi shows off the best features of the fruit, thanks to the calcareous clayey and sandy soils on which they are grown. Taste these crisp, refreshing whites for yourself — the 2015 Provenzano Gavi di Gavi DOCG is on sale now at Tasting Room, and the 2016 vintage is arriving in March.