The Conti Nuvoli di Grinzane family has a long history in Piedmont wine-making. Their commitment to their vineyards goes back over 400 years – a tradition for passion and respect that Risbaldo Nuvoli and his son continued when they switched their vineyards to organic farming in 2011.
The decision was born out of their love for the vineyards, their origins, territory and the desire to preserve this lovely place for future generations.
Here in the heart of the Monferrato the Conti Nuvoli di Grinzane farmhouse “Torrazzo” was born in the hills of San Damiano d’Asti.
The history of Torrazzo dates back to the XIII century with the Castle of Marcellengo and its tower built in 1223, made of bricks baked on the spot.
The castle – along with neighbouring villages – was razed to the ground after the Roccavione battle in 1274 but the Tower of Marcellengo was spared as the major lookout point. After that the village of San Damiano d’Asti was built in 1275 to accommodate all the people from destroyed areas.
In 1574 the Tower of Marcellengo was bought at auction by Gabriele Nuvoli who already owned all the fields and vineyards around the tower. The history of Torrazzo began and in 1800 Placido Nuvoli built the farmhouse on the ruins of the Castle of Marcellengo close to the existing tower and carried on the vineyard activities.
In the fields around the Torrazzo tower today the Conti Nuvoli di Grinzane family continue to farm these vineyards with an eye to tradition, innovation and environmental respect.
Since 2011 the vineyards are managed according to organic criteria, without herbicides, chemical fertilizers or other products of synthesis. In the cellar, the wines are vinified without added yeasts or enzymes to ensure the specificity of terroir comes through in the wines. Only a bare minimum of sulphur is used.
The Barbera d’Asti DOCG is the most typical and traditional wine in these territories. They only use grapes coming from the family vineyards, the “Cru Castello” and “Cru Monpioloso”. The wine is matured for at least 12 months (up to 36 months for the Barbera Superiore) in oak barrels in the ancient cellars under the property.
A blend of innovation and tradition, of progress and safeguarding the value of their identity and origins.