Cascina Boccaccio

Location: Tagliolo Monferrato, Piemonte
Year Established: 1875
Size: 7 hectares
Varieties: Cortese, Dolcetto
Viticulture: Biodynamic, all work done by hand
Vinification: Native wild yeasts

Cascina Boccaccio is located in Tagliolo, a small town in the hills between Monferrato and Liguria. The marine wind aids the maturation of the grapes, while the soil composition of limestone and clay gives elegance, refinement and structure to the wines.  The winery was founded in 1875 by Ileana Boccaccio’s great grandfather, Celso Boccaccio, for whom two of the current cuvées are named.  Today, Roberto Porciello (Ileana’s former husband) tends to the land and the cellar.    
Dolcetto is the focus of the 6 hectares of vineyards, along with a small amount of Cortese.  Work in the vines is done by hand; no pesticides or herbicides are ever used. The wine is vinified in stainless steel, cement vats and oak barrels. The “Infernot” wines are named for the small cave in the heart of the old cellar which was used during the two world wars as a hiding place for the Boccaccio family. As it maintains a constant cool temperature, it is used to this day for longer storage and for the aging of large format bottles and library wines.