Crealto

Crealto is the creation of Eleonora Costa and Luigi Armanino, two sommeliers from Genoa whose love of traditional Piedmontese varieties led them to purchase 4.5 hectares of vineyard land from Carlo Quarello, the “master of Grignolino,” in the northern part of the Monferrato. (Carlo’s wine, the Crè Marcaleone, put the Grignolino grape on the map.) Eleonora and Luigi made their first vintage in 2008.

The vineyard sits at 350m in elevation, and consists of 2 hectares of 60-year-old Grignolino, as well as 3 hectares of Barbera and 1.5 hectare of Nebbiolo, both of which are 20 years old.  The estate is certified organic (they are practicing biodynamic, but are not certified due to costs) and all harvesting is done by hand. Winemaker Luigi Armanino uses natural yeast and extended skin contact; the use of SO2 is kept to a minimum, with small amounts added after racking. Since 2013, Crealto has declassified their wines in order to avoid the appellation’s tasting panel from interfering in their process.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB1014-16
Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese DOC Marcaleone
2016
Grignolino
100% Grignolino from a 2 hectare vineyard of clay and limestone-gypsum soils, with a south/southwest exposure. The vines are 50 years old.... Read More
Italy Piedmont

DB1015-16
Barbera d'Asti "Agricolae"
2016
Barbera
100% Barbera from a clay and limestone-gypsum vineyard with 10 year old vines, densely planted at 5000 plants per hectare. Aged 8 months in... Read More
Italy Piedmont

DB1016-14
Monferrato Rosso DOC "Pionda"
2014
Nebbiolo
From a one-hectare organic vineyard of limestone-gypsum soils with a  south/southwest exposure, densely planted to 5000 plants per hectare... Read More
Italy Piedmont