Castle of Gabiano

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Situated in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy, boasts more than a century of history. In the 8th century, the document signed by Carlo Magno already testify the presence of a “Cortem magnam nominam Gabianam”. In the remote 1164, Federico the 1st granted the investiture to the Marquis Guglielmo II of Monferrato. From this time the Castello di Gabiano was an important strategic and economic place, theatre of wars, passing over to the Montiglio, the Paleologo and the Gonzaga until the duke Ferdinando gave it to Agostino Durazzo Pallavicini in the year 1622,
granting him the title of Marquis of Gabiano.

The city’s archives of the XIII century already narrated the quality of the grapes and the wine production of Gabiano. Today Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno, the last Marquis of Gabiano ,together with his wife Emanuela, passionate and determined, directly engaged in an intensive wine production, are above all committed to capture the characteristics of the terroir to extract the raw material.
In this way they can assure that the wine making tradition of the family, updated with the current oenology knowledge, can stand comparison with great secular wines. Gabiano cover itself one of the oldest and smallest DOC in Italy: “A Matilde Giustiniani” Gabiano DOC Riserva. All other wines produced are DOC and DOCG: “La Braja” Barbera d’Asti DOCG, “Il Ruvo” Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC, Rubino di Cantavenna DOC, “Gavius” Monferrato Rosso DOC, “Castelvere” Monferrato Chiaretto DOC, “Corte” Monferrato Bianco DOC, , “Adornes” Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG, “Castello” Piemonte Chardonnay DOC.

The castle offers also a charming and exclusive accommodation. After few years of careful restoration, the Hunting Lodge is now open with 4 Luxury Suites and 2 Apartments. This is the place where to savor and discover the fascinating world of wines. At the castle grounds, during the summer, guests can enjoy the relaxing and intimate atmosphere of the private swimming pool. The wine tasting room and the annexed Wine Shop offer the opportunity to buy and taste beside the wines of the estate, a wide selection of km zero local products. The Farm Restaurant “3 Orologi” newly open and located in the ancient court, invites to indulge with the “tasting” experience by sampling the “suggestion of the day menu” and try organic food and traditional recipes. The immense view on the unspoilt countryside is worth itself a visit.
The castle is surrounded by a wide 5 hectar Park, including a Labyrinth. Guests will be able to walk around this real monument documented as one of the rare example of historical garden of Piemonte.

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Situated in dominating position in the Po Valley, the Gabiano castle, one of the vastest and most ancient castles in Monferrato, was already mentioned in the 9th century sources. In 1164 Federico Barbarossa donated the castle to Marquis Guglielmo II of Monferrato and, disputed by various families for centuries, in 1624 the duke Ferdinando Gonzaga finally gave the castle, together with the marquisate, to Agostino Durazzo settling so the debts owed by the court of Mantova to the noble Genovese family. The Durazzo dynasty is said to be the descendant from Giorgio di Durazzo of Albania who, due to the Turkish persecutions, fled his country and landed in Genoa in 1389. From silk artisans to merchants among Genoa, Antwerp and Venice, the Durazzo family reached the highest level of their power by the end of the 16th century extending from commercial to financial activity and while reaching the position of doge in 1573. Nine of the Durazzo family were doges of the Genovese Republic.
Their tradition of culture and magnificence, testified by the grandeur of palaces and villas in Genoa, passed down from Giacomo Filippo II (1672 – 1764) to his grandson Giacomo Filippo III (1729 – 1812) who, being an art collector and bibliophile, founded an important and vast library rich with precious manuscripts, incunabula, 16th century stamped books and rare volumes. The latter, founder of the Durazzo Accademy in 1782, was also known for being a naturalist and founder of the first museum of natural history in Genoa.
In his residence of Via Balbi, the Durazzo Pallavicini Palace, commissioned to the architect Bartolomeo Bianco by Giò Agostino Balbi in 1618, Giacomo Filippo started the construction of the monumental staircase in neo-classic style by the architect Andrea Tagliafichi in 1774. In the same period he undertook the “restoration” of the Gabiano castle transforming it into a “holiday palace”. His interest in botany induced him to take care of the development of the garden and his extension in particular. The works for restoration of the castle started in 1789 and finished in 1793.
In the 19th century a heavy restoration cancelled the tower aspects and only in 1907, following the collapse of a tower, the marquis Giacomo Durazzo Pallavicini decided to restore the medieval character of the castle and to bring it back to its original shape starting to rebuild the south wing. On the advice of Alfredo d’Andrade, superintendent of the monuments in Piedmont, Liguria and Val d’Aosta, the marquis summoned the young architect Lamberto Cusani, who already had done some restoration works in Emilia.
The restoration works, interrupted by the big war, were retaken in the 1920’s. Matilde Durazzo Pallavicini “with exquisite artistic taste, wishes to give its original medieval splendour back to the castle” wrote the architect, who with artists and labour force enthusiastically did all he could in this “poetic rebirth of the castle” where “it seems that time has gone backwards in centuries: one can feel the medieval atmosphere”.
Within the impontant renovation works is included the project of “the labyrinth of the Gabiano castle”.
It is considered one of the rare examples documented within the framework of historic gardens of Piedmont (there is also a labyrinth no longer existing in the Villa Solaro garden of Margarita in Margarita – Cuneo). This has an exceptional importance not only for its rarity but also for the historic period in which it was realized which, as confirmed in the analyses of the Buxus sempervirens examples that delimited the paths, dates back to the 1930’s when the already dominating taste for landscape integrated with formal gardens put nearby the residence but never in the form of a labyrinth. The only documented case in which the confusing theme was resumed is set up by the project of the Labyrinth in the Virginian Sacred Forest in Mantua (of which only one layout remains), edited by the Turin architect Giuseppe Roda. As in Mantova, the Gabiano labyrinth evokes the return to the past and finds its place within the framework of the restoration project assigned by the marquise Matilde Giustiniani to the Parma architect Lamberto Cusani to whom we owe the actual neo-medieval aspect of the castle and surroundings. The location of the labyrinth in the centre of the park emphasizes the contrast between the rigid and geometrical lines of the structure and the natural park that surrounds it, calling to mind the medieval concept of forest such as natural labyrinth (park) and labyrinth as artificial forest where nature is rigorously manipulated and controlled by man.

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Ospitality: the Luxury Suites and mini-apartments have been completely and
lately restored, decorated with great care and attention to details, with a particular attention to the historic building and the surrounding landscape.

Food and wine shop: at the welcome entrance of the castle, a rustic and elegant corner where to taste and buy Castello di Gabiano fine wines.

tasting room: overlooking the vineyards, provided with table and wine bar setting 36 guests, ideal spot for in-depth courses, wine tasting and private events;

farm restaurant “3 Orologi”: In this place of culture and tasting experience, you have the choice of savoring the estate wines and try dishes of Gabiano tradition. The bright halls, furnished following the historic architecture of the Medieval village and of the ancient barn, are provided with an amazing view on the unspoilt Monferrato hills, up to the river plain and the mountains. Ideal location to enjoy a gourmet stop, friendly meal, set business meetings, cooking class and exclusive events. Max capacity 60 guests.

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  • Rooms : 6
  • Beds : 16
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  • Available Halls : 2
  • Seats : 70


  • Breakfast : 12€
  • Brunch : 24€
  • Lunch : 38€
  • Appetizers & Cocktails : 18€
  • Dinner : 38€


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Castle of Gabiano

Region : Piedmont

Province : AL

City : Gabiano

Address : Via San Defendente, 2

ZIP Code : 15020

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Telephone: 0039 0142 945004

Places of interest nearby:

Monferrato, the Region where Castello di Gabiano is located, together with Langhe and Roero area, has been recognized as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE in June 2014!
A unique land, all to be discovered, involving the ancient art of the grapevine growing
and the winemaking tradition

Moncalvo (21 km) and Murisengo (17 km) truffle villages with characteristics medieval historic centers

Cellamonte (23 km), small welcoming village of houses built in the local arenaria rock. The wine cellars of this area, called “Infernot”, have been included recently in the Unesco list

Casale (25 km), historical capital of Monferrato from 15th to 16th century, elegant point of reference for the baroque architecture of its cathedrals and palaces

Vercelli (41 km) European capital of rice, important trade and agricultural center

Sanctuary of the Sacred Mount of Crea (15 km), Unesco Heritage. Immersed in woods of a natural park of 47 hectares, 447 meters of height. The church dedicated to Saint Maria Assunta is of Romanic origin.

The city of Turin (57 km): the museums, the noble streets of the center town and the itinerary of the Savoia dynasty palaces of the surroundings. Do not miss the “Reggia di Venaria”.

Alessandria (57 km) rich of city and religious architectures dating back to the 15th century

The city of Alba (74 km) cultural, food and wine center of Langhe Region

Asti (41 km) lively and picturesque

Genoa (139 km) fascinating and multicultural city
Milan (133 km) design and fashion cent

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