a family story
The Arnaboldi, Brichetto and Moratti families are much attached to this ancestral residence where they have celebrated and still celebrate their anniversaries and social events.
It represents a lineage that through successive generations has a special relationship with this house filled with ancestral origins, beauty, emotions and sentiment.
The wine and its production act as the ideal thread connecting this narrative, intersecting eras, legacies and suggestions to reach us. Today Gabriele Moratti runs the winery in Cigognola, to which he has given a decisive turn.
Perched high on a hill in the Oltrepò Pavese region of Italy and dominating a network of splendid vineyards, the castle looks out onto the panorama of the Scuropasso Valley, originally acting as a defensive bulwark. The foundation certainly dates back to more remote periods, but the first documented information harks back to the mid 13th century.
During the Middle Ages, the fortress, thanks to its strategic position facing the Emilia region, was fought over by feudal families such as the Sannazaro and Visconti, to then become a humanistic-inspired court during the Renaissance.
In the 19th century, Don Carlo Arnaboldi-Gazzaniga, a patriot during the Italian unification and philanthropist in his own right, following the fashion of the time, modified what was left of the medieval structure in a neo-Gothic style, adding Ghibelline battlements, decorations in the doorways, coats of arms and assorted Gothic decorative elements.