Barbera d’Asti “Il Bergantino” DOCG
The Gaudio family has been making Monferrato wine for three centuries in an area protected by UNESCO, just north of Asti. The winery began bottling its own wine in 1973 under Amilcare Gaudio who later handed the reins to his son Mauro. Today, the winery is run by granddaughter Beatrice who brings a fresh outlook, aiming for elegant wines with great concentration.
Gaudio – an auspicious name – means “bliss” while Bricco Mondalino pays tribute to the Mondalino peak (hilltop is bricco or bric in the Piedmont dialect). The Gaudio vineyards cover 18 hectares (44.5 acres), all in elevated, sunny positions on white, calcareous marl terrain, rich in fossils and marine deposits from the Miocene period (60 million years ago). Interestingly, the family still finds fossils as they work in their sustainably cultivated vineyards.
The flagship wine of the winery, the grapes are of the estate’s finest and oldest vines (almost fifty years old, with south-facing exposure and calcareous marl soil). Il Bergantino spends fifteen months in barrique and tonneaux, showing just how well Barbera does with oak. Concentrated, full bodied and opulent.
Wine exported to
USA, Japan, Australia
Most recent awards
- 2013 | Vinous90
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
20-28 °C (68-82.4 °F)
Pumpovers and délestage
Length of maceration:
Barrique and tonneaux
225 liters and 900 liters
Type of oak:
Aging before bottling:
308 meters (985 feet) above sea level
Age of vines:
47 years old
Time of harvest:
Late September/Early October
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Mahogany in color; meaty nose with mineral and cherry aromas, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and tobacco as well as herbal notes like mint and basil; mouth-filling, balanced acidity with a long finish.
Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).
Roasts, red meat, game and aged cheese.
Alc. 15.5% by vol.