A dreamlike ideal castle among vineyards degrading towards the River Po: a Romantic landscape park surrounding a medieval-like architecture, with Italian formal garden areas and a labyrinth creating a typical early 20th-century eclectic revival context.

Once property of the Marquis of Monferrato, in 1622 Castello di Gabiano passed on to the Durazzo and then to the Cattaneo Adorno Giustiniani families. Today it is an important wine production estate, with its own vineyards and extensive wine cellars. The complex, although maintaining its original circular towers, in the 19th century was converted into a residence and later, between 1908 and 1935 was “restored” – or more precisely rebuilt and extended – at the owners’ behest who at that time were the Durazzo Pallavicini family. For the creation of their monumental garden, the Marquises hired the Parmesan architect Lamberto Cusani. The project is clearly inspired by the Medieval town and castle created in Turin for the National Exhibition of 1884 designed by Alfredo d’Andrade who was a consultant for the Durazzo Pallavicini family. The result is a lavishly eclectic Gothic Revival architecture, along the lines of the one designed by Vittorio Tornielli for industrialist Riccardo Gualino in Cereseto in 1909-13 that still today contains its original furnishing and decor. The promotors of this Gothic Revival reverie, Matilde and Giacomo Durazzo are portrayed dressed in Medieval clothing in the chapel of the castle. Also part of the property is a large rectangular labyrinth, placed at the centre of the landscape park, where its natural atmospheres welcome the distinctive elements of a formal Italian garden giving rise to an eclectic composition typical of the period. The castle’s appearance, with its double-lancet windows and ogival openings provides a suggestive Medieval-like frame to the surrounding landscape.