The impressive bulk of Gabiano's castle rises on a hill by the River Po, offering magnificently panoramic views. Splendid amphitheatres of vineyards spread around the castle, making for particularly striking views. As far back as the 8th century, documents mention a "cortem magnam nominam Gabianam". In 1164, Federico I granted a sought-after investiture to Guglielmo II of Monferrato. From that date, because of the strategic and economic importance of the castle and its surrounding land, it was subject to many sieges and wars. The feud passed to the Montiglios, the Gonzagas and then to Ferdinando of Mantua who in 1622 sold it to Agostino Durazzo. In the 1920s, the castle was renovated by the Marchesa Matilde Giustiniani Durazzo Pallavicini. It later became an important cultural and enological centre, developed by the Marchesa Carlotta Cattaneo Adorno.
The current owners, Giacomo and Emanuela Cattaneo Adorno, are directly involved in wine production at the castle. They want to promote the local area and make the most of its fruits, so that the estate's winery, traditional but updated with the latest enological technology, continues to produce wines of the highest quality.
The castle has magnificent inner courtyards with wells and many details from the medieval period. The park, whose maze is one of the rare documented examples in Piedmont's historic gardens, also offers views of the Italian-style garden. The rooms contain a rich collection of artworks and a well-equipped armoury.
on request for groups
guided tours at h 10, 11, 15, 16, 17
full price € 10
reduced, groups and schools € 8