If there is any Barolo producer who perfectly embodies the idea of stewardship of his heritage, it is Elio Grasso. He was working in a bank in Torino in 1978 when his grandfather died, leaving him a small cascina and a few giornate of vines on the Gavarini and Ginestra hills of Monforte. Elio promptly quit the bank to become a wine grower. Today he still works every day in the vineyard, preferring to leave the cellar and business to his son Gianluca, The estate is one of the top producers of Barolo.
Educato is a Chardonnay from the estate. The “fantasy name” refers to Elio Grasso's attempt to understand and learn from a grape variety that is not native to Piedmont. The wine is barrel-fermented and spends only 6 months in oak. This restraint allows for richness without overwhelming the acids. Supple, ripe tree fruit and a core of bright acid are reinforced by luscious honey, fig and toasted nut aromatics.