The Molinetto estate is a small, family run domaine of only 6 hectares located in Tassarolo. This region which lies directly next to Rovereto di Gavi, the heart of Gavi area. The location is prized as it exactly where the Piedmontese hills meet the sea breezes that push up from the Adriatic, creating the all-important change between day and night-time temperatures. Diego Carrea has transformed his family’s estate since taking over for his father in 2008. Previously working in electronic engineering, Diego returned to take over in 2008 and set about on a course to increase the quality of the wines while maintaining the traditions that made Gavi such a famous region. Rather than pursue what has unfortunately become the norm in Gavi of overcropping, industrialized wines, Diego went the other way. Yields are kept incredibly low, farming is organic, and the production is kept extremely low (total production is only 1400 cs/year). The vineyards were originally planted in 1964 and have an optimal exposure facing south, south-west. The soils here are unique as well; it is a mix between the calcareous clay soil of Rovereto di Gavi and the red soils in Tassarolo.
"The Gavis Il Molinetto are a brilliant reminder of how noble the Cortese grape can be." -Eric Clemons
Farming Practice: Organic
Organic. 100% Cortese. Sourced from their estate-farmed 6 ha vineyard in the area of Francavilla Bisio where you get a confluence of the calcareous soils of Rovereto di Gavi and the red clay soils of Tassarolo. Vines planted in 1997, vineyards face south and southwest, altitude is 300-350 meters. The yields here are low, all fruit in hand-harvested, and the grapes are pressed, settled, and fermented in stainless steel. Ageing in steel before bottling. 1000 cs produced.