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
90% Barbera 10% Freisa
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:
30 years old
Time of harvest:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Dark red. Red and black cherry along with vanilla and coffee. Smooth, fresh and long-lasting. Mellow, full-bodied and opulent.
Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).
Roasts, red meat, game and aged cheese.
Alc. 15% by vol.; total acidity: 5.6 g/L; residual sugar: trace; pH: 3.46