The castle rises majestically close to Ovada, in the Alto Monferrato, in the middle of the triangle formed by the cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa and near to the Ligurian Sea. An imperial feud in the year 967, it belonged to some of Genoa’s best-known families, from the Spinolas to the Dorias. In 1498 Tagliolo came definitively into the hands of the Gentile family. In 1750, following the marriage of Teresa Gentile to Costantino Pinelli, the feud passed to the Pinelli Gentile family, still the castle’s owners and inhabitants today.
The oldest part of the castle is the 38-metre-high square tower, from the 10th century. The upper section was built in the 15th century, during Genoese rule. Part of the 14th-century tower still remains in the north courtyard and the machicolation of the medieval drawbridge is still visible. A red-and-white herringbone frieze runs along the whole façade. The remaining sections of the castle date from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and reflect its history through time.
The castle, fully restored by architect D’Andrade at the end of the 19th century, is now in a perfectly preserved state, thanks to the care and attention of its owner, the Marquis Oberto Pinelli Gentile.
The cultivation of vines on the feud’s land and the production of wine in the castle’s large winery belong to an ancient family tradition. Castello di Tagliolo wines won gold medals at the Universal Expositions in Paris in 1900 and 1937.
The visit during Castelli Aperti covers the castle’s historic cellars, where visitors can taste the wines produced by the winery (Dolcetto d’Ovada, Cortese del Monferrato and others).
Groups can book a visit to some of the castle’s rooms.
The castle’s courtyard is bordered by the “bigattiera”, used for bigat (silkworms), recently restored and available for weddings and events.
Local sights: parish church of San Vito, frescoed by Clemente Salsa, a painter from Omegna
Nearby: Ovada, Alto Monferrato castles
Typical products: wines (Dolcetto d’Ovada, Cortese del Monferrato, Spumante Brut, L’In...chino)
Sports: historical game of tamburello, horseriding, golf
Events: “Cantine Aperte” (last Sunday in May), “Le Storie del Vino” (first weekend of September in alternate years), “La Castagnata” (third Sunday in October)
Wine tastings and rental for events, weddings and gala dinners. Accommodation in the guesthouse’s five rooms.