Cascina Gilli lies in the Basso Monferrato, between Castelnuovo Don Bosco and Albugnano, on a spine of hilltops composed of greyish-white terra bianca, with uninterrupted expanses of vineyards in every direction, a terroir that has always produced wines prized for their full body and complex aromas.
Cascina Gilli comprises a historic villa built in 18th century and 14 surrounding hectares. Gianni Vergnano, who has directed the winery estate since 1983, has poured into it his efforts and passion, with the result that Cascina Gilli stands as one of Piedmont’s most prestigious and influential wineries.
A large proportion of the labour over these years has gone into recovering grape varieties native to these hills, and that has substantially contributed to the respect Cascina Gilli has won for its Freisa, Barbera, Bonarda, and Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco.
The hills of “terra bianca” soils where Cascina Gilli is located give this area a very different character from adjacent zones. Like the Langhe area, these bluish-grey clay marls have consistently produced unique wines, well structured and richly scented.
The vineyards completely surround the Cascina and extend along the Bricco di Cornareto in the commune of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, as well as over the nearby Schierano hill in the commune of Passerano Marmorito. Our Barbera and Bonarda vineyards are located here, and these vines yield the best lots for our Malvasia.
Our own scrupulous management of these vineyards, plus a low crop yield, ensure grapes that are sound, fully ripe, and complex. This high-quality fruit is complemented by winemaking practices that are professional and state-of-the-art, and it is no wonder that we produce wines that are beautiful exemplars of the Piedmontese tradition of true elegance and unparalleled quality.