WINERY LOCATION: Barbaresco (Cuneo province), Piedmont
VINEYARD LOCATION: Langhe and Monferrato, Piedmont
VINEYARD LAND: 88 acres (36 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Practicing Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE STYLES: Dry red and white, sweet white sparkling
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 240,000 bottles (180,000)
OWNER: The di Grésy Family
WINEMAKERS: Matteo Sasso

In the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates when he concluded early on that he didn't want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 he began vinifying his own wine with the objectives of transferring as much possible character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle, while producing wines using the best available technology and respecting traditions.

Today Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Grésy is comprised of four estates located in the Langhe and Monferrato areas, home of the greatest Piedmontese wines.  Marchesi di Grésy owns and vinifies 88 acres of vineyards, divided among the Martinenga, Monte Aribaldo, La Serra and Monte Colombo estates. Notably, Martinenga is one of the Piedmont’s finest vineyards and one of only a few "monopoles" in the region, which has been in the family since the 1700's.  Martinenga is known for producing some of the finest cru-designated Barbaresco there is and is planted to the Nebbiolo’s Lampia and Rosé sub-varieties, from which the grape’s most elegant Nebbiolo wines are made. With its southern exposure, blue marl soil and elevations from 689 to 946 feet, Martinenga possesses ideal Nebbiolo growing conditions.  This exceptional site is also home to the only experimental vineyard for the clonal selection of Nebbiolo in the Barbaresco area. Eleven different clones on an area of 2.600 square meters are constantly monitored by the team, in cooperation with agronomists and oenologists of the National Research Council (CNR) who study the grapes to better understand how different clones respond to the environment and to climate change.

With its southern exposure, blue marl soil and elevations from 689 to 946 feet, Martinenga possesses ideal Nebbiolo growing conditions, but there is also Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are planted there. In the mid-1970s Alberto di Grésy decided to maximize the Martinenga’s potential by producing wines from crus within it. Today, book-ending both sides of the Martinenga are two sub-crus that qualify as super-crus, Camp Gros and Gaiun. The Monte Aribaldo estate, near Martinenga, has calcareous and volcanic soil at an average elevation of 1,200 feet. Dolcetto d’Alba, Chardonnay and Sauvignon DOC are produced here. The La Serra vineyard in Monferrato is planted to Moscato d’Asti, Barbera d’Asti and Merlot (Monferrato Rosso). The Monte Colombo vineyard in Monferrato, close to La Serra, is divided between Barbera d’Asti and Merlot (Monferrato Rosso). The clay-based soils here and the microclimate are optimal for the finest red wine.

To minimize the environmental impacts on the surrounding hills, the cellar was built entirely underground. This way they are able to reduce soil consumption, while taking advantage of the natural insulation and hygroscopicity of the ground, all of which allows them to have the ideal conditions for wine aging with no need for energy. Part of the cellar roof and the parking area have been covered with solar panels whose annual capacity is enough to cover the entire energy needs of the winery.