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Le Ginestre

During the reign of Emmanuel II in the XVIII century most of the land around Grinzane Castle belonged to Count Camillo Benso of Cavour, the political architect of the Unification of Italy who was Mayor of our commune for 17 years. When the estate was sold, the land was purchased by a number of local farmers, including our forebears. In 1980, Franco Audasso took over this smallholding and began to sell his wines with the help of his wife, Giulia Vacchetti. They were later joined in the family business by their children, Gian Luca and Barbara.

Over the course of the years the property has been extended, with the acquisition of other vineyards, which have been partly replanted using the clones that are best-suited to the type of soil.

Franco tends to the vineyards; Gian Luca looks after the running of the cellars; Giulia and Barbara are responsible for sales.

Today the Ginestre’s “sorì” - the name given in the local dialect to prime vineyard sites facing south - still look out over the road that winds its way up through highly-prized vineyards from the valley as far as the hill of Diano, where the historic farms that once belonged to the Benso family stand.

The small Ginestre hamlet was already marked on land registry maps as far back as the 1700s, and it has always been inhabited by vine-growers whose passion for tending the vineyards has been handed down through the centuries and is still maintained with the same craftsmanship today.

The love which ties us to this land - so demanding, yet so generous in the greatness of its wines - drives us on to constant improvement. We continue to be filled with emotion by the growing of wine, with the passing of the seasons in the vineyard followed by the transformation in the wine-making process through to the uncorking of the first bottle of the vintage; it is like taking a child by the hand, and accompanying it on its path through life. Our hard work has been rewarded by the receiving of awards at International events such as the “Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly” in Verona and “Vinalies Internationales Oenologues de France” in Paris. Moreover, our wines are present in the two most important Regional Enotecas housed in the Castles of Grinzane Cavour and Barolo.

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