Castello di Tassarolo, Gavi – Piemonte Italy
Massimiliana Spinola and Henry Finzi-Constantine are the proprietors of Castello di Tassarolo, situated in the comune of Tassarolo in the heart of Gavi in Piedmont. The estate consists of 20 hectars of vineyards. The Spinola family, who has inhabited the castle in Tassarolo since 250 AD, has been producing wine since 1367. In 2006 Henry and Massimiliana began using biodynamic methods. As the current stewards of these vineyards, Massimiliana and Henry are passionate followers of all things biodynamic but it is only with their ardent vineyard and cellar team that their dreams have become a reality.
Biodynamic Agriculture: The practice of biodynamic principles in agriculture were first developed on the estate by an introductory course held by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, following a request by the local farmers due to the deterioration of product quality and corrosion of the soil developing at the time. In 2006 the estate began developing biodynamic methods of viticulture which in practice is based on the development of humus and the health of the vines, by the use of green manure, compost and the use of preparations such as the dynamization of cows manure and silica. Biodynamics emphasizes soil quality and the resulting nutrients and forces that the plants receive, through green manure, compost and dynamized compounds that imbue the soil with life forces and insect life. They believe the more healthy the soil is, the stronger the vines will be and therfore produce the best possible quality fruits. All grapes are estate grown, hand harvested, fermented with their indigenous yeast and bottled with little to no sulphur. Certified ORGANIC by Bios.
Soil: marley, silty-clay, with good content of organic matter
Altitude: 300 metres above sea level Varietals: Cortese, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon