In the heart of the Colli Piacentini, from the vineyard grapes Travazzano, Azienda Agricola La Ciocca produces Gutturnio “La Ciocca”. The Travazzano vineyard is located south of Carpaneto Piacentino in Chero, the valley that winds through ravines, waterfalls and small towns of historical and cultural interest. The area is ideal for viticulture since its origins, as evidenced by the numerous artifacts found in the Roman town of Velleia.
The Travazzano vineyard is in a temperate sub-continental climate context with a higher annual excursion to 19 ° C. In terms of rainfall, the local climate is characterized by the typical Apennine sublittoral regime or the Po, which has two maximum rainfall monthly in spring and autumn, and two minima in winter and summer. The annual rainfall varies between 850 and 900 mm in the Piacenza plain band, usually spread over 80-85 days, and between 1000 and 1500 mm in the hills area spread over 100 days. Climate context is therefore ideal for the production of quality wines. From a geological point of view, the context shows typical of the low hill landscape features in the vicinity of the Apennines palaeosurfaces deeply cut and dismembered by the action of the streams. The vineyard is situated 350 meters s.l.m. with south-west exposure. And ‘it planted with vines of Barbera (60%) and Croatina, locally called Bonarda (40%), trained by the Guyot with sixth of 2,5m x 1,5m (2600 vines / hectare); very steep slopes (31-40%) with east-west orientation of the rows; planted in 1980. The soil has good natural fertility with high capacity in available water and is free of significant restrictions deepening and radical exploration. The pH is moderately alkaline and the content in limestone is high.