The Marquises Cattaneo Adorno Giustiniani are engaged in an intense wine production and are above all committed to quality: the estate covers 260 hectares, of which 20 are destined to vineyards. The commune's archives of the XIIIth century already mention the quality of the grapes and the wine production of Gabiano.
Today Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno, the last Marquis of Gabiano ,together with his wife Emanuela, passionate and determined, directly engaged in an intensive wine production, are above all committed to capture the characteristics of the terroir to extract the raw material. In this way, they can assure that the wine making tradition of the family, updated with the current oenology knowledge, can stand comparison with great secular wines.
Gabiano and Rubino di Cantavenna DOC:
The wines of this “small land” differ completely from others produced in other Piedmont areas, even with a similar denomination. First cause is the typical terroir , which conveys to the palate of who taste them the peculiarity of the land in which the grape has grown. Secondly, the lower sharpness, greater persistence and the higher intensity of fragrances and flavors is dued to the unique position of the hills, benefiting from the winds from the Alps without any barrier.
This is the reason why the castle beholds two DOC which are considered among the oldest and smallest in Italy, the Gabiano Doc and Rubino di Cantavenna.
Gabiano is the name of one of the smallest DOC in Italy, covering today not more than 3 hectares. Made up of Barbera mainly, to which we add a small quantity (5-10%) of Freisa and Grignolino grapes. The specific microclimate and the secular variety selection are the main feature of this wine, where the land where it is produced is still very recognizable.
Already awarded with a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900, Gabiano DOC stands out for its skill to improve with the aging: our cellars boast of bottles of memorable years, such as 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1971, just to mention the most important ones.
The Rubino di Cantavenna DOC , is the second small doc of the territory, produced with selected grapes in areas very well exposed to the sun, concentrating fragrances and fruity aromas typical of this territory. It is made of Barbera mainly, along with Grignolino and Freisa. The area where it is produced is very limited, exclusively in the territories of Gabiano.