Name: Tenuta Migliavacca (Francesco Brezza) Start-up year: 1921 Cultivated hectares: 13 Address: 31 Cascina Migliavacca - San Giorgio Monferrato (AL)
Situated on the first hills of Monferrato Casalese, near the town of Casale Monferrato, Tenuta Migliavacca was born when Enrico Brezza, in 1921, decided to buy this stately villa with about 7 hectares of land. Then I pass in succession to Andrea, who in '33 planted the first vineyards and built the first winery. It was Luigi, Andrea's son, who later increased the vineyard area to 35 hectares in the early 1960s.
It was 1964 and we find ourselves in front of the first company in Italy to apply the principles of biodynamic agriculture, thanks to the conversion carried out by Luigi, who was not only the father of this production philosophy, but also the mentor of many vigneron such as Stefano Bellotti. Today run by his son Francesco, who cultivates 50 hectares (13 of vineyard and the rest for hay and cereals) always in this system of cultivation of the land where the cattle breeding is fundamental, as they transform the agricultural production into organic substance to fertilize the vineyard soil starting a new life cycle. A self-sufficient system is therefore created where closed-cycle production and consumption take place.
The harvested grapes ferment in wooden barrels, fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts and a small quantity of sulphur dioxide is used according to the quality and health of the grapes. The wines thus obtained are aged in wooden barrels and bottled without clarification or filtration. Result: if Barbera is a beautiful wine, the Grignolino di Fracesco Brezza is a tribute to pleasure.