Barbera del Monferrato Superiore 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 is a 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.
This wine macerates on the skins for fourteen days in stainless steel and spends six months in first- and second-use barrique and tonneaux. The result is a long-lasting and full-bodied palate with notes of cherry, cocoa and vanilla.


Wine exported to

USA, Japan, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2013 | Vinous91
Grape Varieties:

90% Barbera 10% Freisa

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

2 weeks

Type of yeast:

Indigenous

Fermentation temperature:

20-28 °C (68-82.4 °F)

Maceration technique:

Pumpovers and délestage

Length of maceration:

4 weeks

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique and tonneaux

Container size:

225 liters and 900 liters

Container age:

First/Second use

Type of oak:

French

Bottling period:

July

Aging before bottling:

6 months

Closure:

Diam

Organic:

No

Vineyard name:

Palareto

Vineyard location:

Vignale Monferrato

Soil composition:

Calcareous clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

308 meters (985 feet) above sea level

Yield:

70 quintals/hectare

Exposure:

Southwestern

Years planted:

1990

Age of vines:

30 years old

Time of harvest:

Early October

Total yearly production (in bottles):

25,000

Tasting notes:

Dark red. Red and black cherry along with vanilla and coffee. Smooth, fresh and long-lasting. Mellow, full-bodied and opulent.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).

Food pairings:

Roasts, red meat, game and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

6 years

Alcohol:

Alc. 15% by vol.; total acidity: 5.6 g/L; residual sugar: trace; pH: 3.46

Winemaker:

Matteo Macchi