Azienda Agricola Cascina Pugnane dei F.lli Ghisolfi is the natural continuation of the history of a family that has worked in the field of wine production, particularly of typical wines, for centuries. Historical documents recognised and certified by the Genealogical Institute of Florence show that the Ghisolfi family operated in the area of â€‹â€‹Barolo - Monforte and Barolo in particular - since 1600. Over the centuries, the Ghisolfis have owned and cultivated vineyards directly. It is therefore a natural and intrinsic family predisposition that has developed specific expertise in the production and processing of fine wine, never losing sight of the most advanced and environmentally friendly technologies acquired over time.
Brothers Enzo and Ivo Ghisolfi resumed farming in 1998 after a period of about 40 years in which the vines had been entrusted to third parties for processing with sharecropping and lease contracts. They rebuilt and completed all installations of Collina Pugnane which they owned and started limited bottling of excellence of the vinifed product.
The hill of Pugnane
During the first half of the last century, under the guidance of grandfather Pietro, 5 hectares of vines were owned in the prized Bussia area and a smaller amount in the lee of Barolo Municipality. The hill of Pugnane was bought in this period, shortly before the Second World War and has been one of the properties for almost 70 years. All varieties that currently completely cover the hill were planted directly by the family. Since the time of the Romans, the hill of Pugnane has been the focus of attention because of its particularly favourable position from a geographic and environmental point of view. Historical documents attribute the name to Roman etymology (pugnare = fight) and certify the existence on such a hill of a small defence structure for the Roman army.
In the Middle Ages, it became the residence of a local squire and its structure was developed by building a small tower and a chapel with a bell above. Remains related to these ancient structures were found during restructuring of the main house carried out by the brothers Ghisolfi in the 80s. In particular, original flooring of the mediaeval period has been preserved. It was a modern cellar with degustation rooms where historical artefacts will be placed.
The reception area for visitors and overnight guests is being completed in the area formerly occupied by the servitude and later by sharecropping.
The vintages currently produced are:
• 2016 BAROLO available in limited quantities - excellent aroma and taste (2016 is widely considered an exceptional vintage)
• 2016 BAROLO is the latest vintage bottled as of June 2020 - exceptional aroma and taste
• 2019 DOLCETTO - an excellent vintage - very palatable, bottled in June 2020
Vintages not indicated vintages are to be considered out of stock.
Vintages from 2018 to 2020 are in the course of vinification and will be released from time to time in limited quantities, and subjected to careful control during production.
Average annual production is currently limited to about 3,500 bottles of Barolo and 3,500 bottles of Dolcetto which represent the heart of the grape production and subsequent processing.
The DOCG mark is guaranteed by the label of the National Consortium. All the processing phases of these bottles are strictly by hand and therefore subject to some abnormality of the label or brand positioning.