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Wine: Red
Region: Piemonte
Vintage: 2015


Freisa is one of the indigenous grapes of Piedmont and there you can find some real fan of the wine from it. Arvelé (“revelation” in Piedmont dialect) is made with grapes strictly selected from Gilli’s vineyards.

Colour: Deep ruby.
Aroma: Wild berry fruit, raspberry, and subtle hints of blackberry and rose petals meld appealingly into subtly pungent note of vanilla and tobacco leaf. 
Taste: Crisp and fresh,yet at the same time mouth filling and velvet-textured.
Awards: Guide des Vins International 2018 - Gold Medal.

Alcohol: 14%

Grape: 100% Freisa.

Ageing: 12 months in barrique.


Cascina Gilli lies in the Basso Monferrato, between Castelnuovo Don Bosco and Albugnano, on a spine of hilltops composed of greyish-white terra bianca, with uninterrupted expanses of vineyards in every direction, a terroir that has always produced wines prized for their full body and complex aromas. 

Cascina Gilli comprises a historic villa built in 18th century and 14 surrounding hectares. Gianni Vergnano, who has directed the winery estate since 1983, has poured into it his efforts and passion, with the result that Cascina Gilli stands as one of Piedmont’s most prestigious and influential wineries. 

 A large proportion of the labour over these years has gone into recovering grape varieties native to these hills, and that has substantially contributed to the respect Cascina Gilli has won for its Freisa, Barbera, Bonarda, and Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco.


Wine pairing notes

Both the structure of Freisa and its flavour profile have a lot of versatility and the crisp and fresh palate of this Arvele’ is a good match for this taste-challenging dish, in which fat goose liver is counterbalanced by the caviar. The ingredients are all Western but the layers of textures and techniques clearly come from the Chinese culinary culture. The subtle hints of blackberry and rose petals of the wine are good companions especially of the wine jelly stratum of the dish.

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