Cascina Gasparda

Location: Monferrato, Piemonte
Year Established: 2010
Size: 5.5 hectares
Varieties: Barbera, Cortese, Freisa, Grignolino, Nebbiolo
Viticulture: No pesticides or herbicides; manual harvest
Vinification: Native yeasts, aging in stainless steel and bottle, minimal sulfur

Roberto Salvaneschi and his brother Mauro are the third generation to run the family estate of Cascina Gasparda, alongside their mother, Patrizia, and father, Salvaneschi. Located in Monferrato Casalese (the first UNESCO protected hillside vineyards), they farm their 6 hectares of vineyards planted to Grignolino, Freisa, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Cortese. The vineyards range in age from recent plantings to vines more than 70 years old. The family has made wine on this land for generations, mostly for personal consumption, and also for a few customers who would buy it in bulk. The first bottling for sale was in 2010. They have farmed without pesticides or herbicides, and they follow biodynamic guidelines in the cellar.