Entrusted with the monumental responsibility of safeguarding and promoting the rich wine heritage of the Colli Tortonesi DOC is the Consorzio di Tutela Colli Tortonesi. Formerly known as the Body Colli Tortonesi wines until 1999, it metamorphosed into its current esteemed status with the acquisition of "Erga Omnes" in 2014. More than just a protective entity, the Consortium ardently champions the interests of the Tortonese vintners. Its key missions include the revitalization, enhancement, and widespread promotion of the "Denomination of Origin Colli Tortonesi", as well as ensuring members' adherence to production regulations. With a robust roster of 65 members, which includes the significant Cantina Sociale di Tortona that represents over 250 producers, the Consortium stands tall, encapsulating a staggering 98% of the region's grape production.
Beyond its organizational roles, the landscape from which the Consortium draws its inspiration is a beguiling tapestry of diverse terrains and history. The Colli Tortonesi acts as an ancient crossroads, boasting an extraordinary panorama of steep inclines, dense forests, and rolling hills. This region holds the distinction of being a confluence of four unique regions: Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and Liguria.
Central to this is Tortona, or Derthona as it was known in ancient Rome. Geographically nestled in the province of Alessandria within the Piedmont Region, its soul is intertwined with Milan and Lombardy due to historical, economic, and communicational ties. Millennia of tales of saints, warriors, artists, and diverse dialects echo through its narrow roads and castles, leading to an array of wines ripe for discovery or reappreciation.
The Consorzio di Tutela Colli Tortonesi, through its unwavering commitment, remains the torchbearer for both the wines and the rich tapestry of stories that the region encapsulates.