Guido Carlo Alleva, a successful Milan attorney, returned to his childhood home in Monferrato to buy an ancient property in Grazzano built originally as a fortress to protect the abbey of Santa Caterina and later converted to a farm in 1737. His daughter Giulia is now in charge.
From the start Guido decided to plant the now rare but traditional freisa and grignolino as well as nebbiolo, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, recovering derelict vineyard land in the process. The slopes lie on soils underpinned by a substrate of calcareous marine fossils with excellent southerly exposures.
Sergio Carpignano runs the eco-sustainable vineyard and Mario Ronco makes the wine. Their first vintage of freisa was 2010.