In the village of Montaldo; population 73, in the heart of Monferrato we can find Cascina Iuli. At 350 m above sea level, surrounded by wild forest and crops of varying types, the Iuli family owns a total of 43 hectares, 14 of which are under vine. Cascina Iuli has the great fortune to be nestled on the crest of a valley which is almost exclusively owned and planted by the Iuli family. This valley has been in the family for 4 generations, and has never seen a chemical and hence a unique toxic free zone not only for the vines, but for the families that live in the little village. Fabrizio calls himself a Barberista, but has more recently become fascinated and a bit of an expert in his own right for some almost lost native varieties such as Slarina and Baratuciat.
The vineyards are all worked by hand and are farmed organically with some biodynamic principals. The fruit is all hand harvested and the wines are made in the Cascina cellar where wines from this valley have been made for the last 300+ years. Using all natural yeasts, no fining and no filtering, the wines see SO2 only after fermentation and again before bottling with the lowest intervention possible vintage permitting. The vineyards surrounding both the south side of the Cascina in the valley as well as the north side facing the alps are planted with; Nebbiolo, Pinot Nero, Barbera, SLarina, Grignolino and the newest addition of Baratuciat.
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