Castello di Tassarolo, Gavi ‘Spinola’ 2019

Castello di Tassarolo, Gavi ‘Spinola’ 2019


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A consistent and elegant Gavi from a 13 hectare estate in Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. Wine has been made on the estate since 1367. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, and Massimiliana Spinola eschews the use of heavy machinery, and farms the land using heavy horse instead.

Though heavy, horses are considerably lighter than tractors, and farming the land this way can prevent soil compaction, and increase aeration and microbial life in the soil.

Made without added yeasts or sulphites, this white is a great advert for natural winemaking. Sometimes called ‘the Chablis of Italy’, a good Gavi is dry as a bone with mineral overtones. This one also has notes of lemon and bruised apple.

It’s perfect with pasta and pesto, or enjoy with oysters, or salted almonds. Also makes a great match for dishes with tomato or coriander.