After emigrating in 1890, Giovanni Battista fell in love with Piedmont, where the rich winemaking traditions reminded him of his native Provence. In 1923 he purchased Cascina Corsaletto, where he began growing Dolcetto with his children. In 1980 bottle production began, starting a tradition based in hard work and high quality. In 1993, Gillardi planted a miniscule plot of Syrah, the first ever to be planted in Piemonte. What began as a small experiment ended up becoming his most prestigious wine. Due to Giacolino Gillardi’s diligence with this varietal, it is now allowed as a part of the Langhe Rosso DOC discipline. The cuttings come from Clape’s estate in the Cornas area of the Northern Rhone.
Gillardi might be known as one of the most prominent producers of Syrah in Italy, but its roots and history bear a closer link to Dolcetto. Dogliani, where the certified organic estate is located, enjoy such a reputation for the production of high quality, cellar-worthy Dolcettos, that it was recently granted D.O.C.G. status, the first ever for Dolcetto-based wines. Gillardi also envisioned the potential of Syrah in this cooler climate, and produces a few thousand bottles of the now-legendary Harys.