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GRINZANE CAVOUR Piemonte

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“CANTINA LE GINESTRE” is a wine-growing family business located in the village of Grinzane Cavour, in the Langhe hills, a Unesco Heritage, in Piedmont, North-West of Italy.
The small Ginestre hamlet was already marked on land registry maps as far back as the 1700s, and it has always been inhabited by wine-growers, who have passed on their passion for working in the vineyards with the skills that are still theirs today. Some of them, who worked in the property of Camillo Benso Count of Cavour, architect of the Unification of Italy, were the Audasso family’s forefathers.
Nowadays in the Mask Room of the Castle of Grinzane Cavour it is possible to see the Land Registry Maps of the 1783, where our property is marked, as it once was called, the “Region of the Ginestre”.
After 17 years in which the Count was mayor in Grinzane Cavour, when the estate was sold, the land was purchased by local farmers, including the Audasso’s forefathers, who continued the wine production.
Sadly, this tradition was interrupted by Second World War. Michele Audasso joined the Army and he disappeared in Russia.
Only in the 80s his son Franco, with the help of his wife, Giulia, started the vinification of the vineyards of “Le Ginestre”, carrying on his father’s legacy. Today Gian Luca and Barbara, their son and daughter, pride themselves on continuing the family tradition



Awards Received

• The Gambero Rosso guide 2020 VINI D’ITALIA has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2015 and Barbera d’Alba Doc 2016 with 2 glasses and Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2017 with 1 glass.

• The Veronelli Italian Wines guide 2020 has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2015 with 3 stars; Barbera d’Alba Doc 2016 and Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2017 with 2 stars.

• The Veronelli Italian Wines guide 2019 has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2014 with 2 stars; Barbera d’Alba Doc 2016 and Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2017 with 2 stars.

• The Veronelli Italian Wines guide 2018 has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 with 3 stars; Barbera d’Alba Doc 2015 and Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2016 with 2 stars

• The Veronelli Italian Wines guide 2017 has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2012 and 2011 with 3 stars and the same score regarding the last 5 years of the same of kind of wine, but different vintages.

• The Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 won a Gold Medal at the Mondus Vini 2018 – The Grand International Wine Award at the Prowein 2018.

• The Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2011 RISERVA won the Silver Medal at the Decanter Asia Wine Award 2017 with 92 points.

• The Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 won the Outstanding Silver Medal at the International Wine Spirit Competition Quality Award 2018 London.

• The Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2012 won the Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 London with 92 points and the Silver Medal at the International Wine Spirit Competition Quality Award 2017 London.

• The Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2011 won the Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competion Quality Award 2016 London.

• The Winesurf Magazine has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2012 recognizing it with 3 stars (from 0 to 5).

• The Winesurf Magazine has reviewed the Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2017 recognizing it with 3 stars (from 0 to 5).

• Wien-Plus has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2015 as “Excellent” wine with 91 points.
• Wein-Plus has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 as “Very Good” wine with 88 points.
• Wein-Plus has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2012 as “Very Good” wine with 88 points.
• Wein-Plus has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2011 as “Very Good” wine with 89 points.
• Wein-Plus has reviewed the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2008 as “Very Good” wine with 88 points.

• Wine Enthusiast has classified Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 with 90 points.
• Wine Enthusiast has classified Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2011 with 87 points.
• Wine Enthusiast has classified Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2008 with 89 points.
• Wine Enthusiast has classified Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2006 with 91 points.
• Wine Enthusiast has classified Le Ginestre Barolo Docg 1989 and 1990 with 91 points.

• Wine Spectator with Le Ginestre Barolo Docg 2004 with 87 points.
• Wine Spectator with Le Ginestre Barolo Docg 2003 with 90 points.
• Wine Spectator with the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2001 with 90 points. (first time of production of Novello Sottocastello vineyard)

• Falstaff Magazin with 89 scores.

• James Suckling rated the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2015 with 95 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2014 with 92 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 with 94 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2012 with 92 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barbera d’Alba Doc 2015 with 90 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barbera d’Alba Doc 2016 with 90 points.
• James Suckling rated the Barbera d’Alba Doc 2017 with 90 points.
• James Suckling rated the Dolcetto d’Alba Doc 2017 with 89 points.

• 5StarWines – the Book 2018 – Vinitaly International Wine Guide has classified the
Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2013 with 91 points.

• The “SAKURA Japan Women’s Awards 2020” competition has recognized the Barolo Docg Sottocastello di Novello 2015 with the Gold Medal.

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