Castello di Neive | Piemonte
Castello di Neive and the surrounding 150 acre estate are owned by the Stupino family, siblings Anna, Giulio, Italo, and Piera. The Castello di Neive winery began when Giacomo Stupino, the family patriarch, capitalised on his experience as a surveyor and his knowledge of the area to purchase favourable vineyards and land whenever possible. In the small cellars of their family home, the Stupino’s began their first wine production and, over time, their acquired vineyards grew with the family’s production and ambitions.
In 1964 the family purchased the castle with its spacious cellars, along with more land and the famous Santo Stefano vineyard which had fallen fallow and was replanted by Giacomo. It was a wise choice with luminaries such as Bruno Giacosa describing this vineyard as the best in Barbaresco. The Stupino’s were able to renovate the castle cellars and reorganise their vineyards to produce wine according to modern methods. When Giacomo died in 1970, Giulio and Italo oversaw the transition from tenant farming to direct management of the land, initiating production and export of Castello di Neive wines abroad.
Tradition, research, and creativity make up the philosophy of the Castello di Neive winery, with the Stupinos’ respecting a centuries-old heritage of winemaking and at the same time embracing new technologies and research activities—both in the vineyard and in the cellars.