Independent, proud, courageous, unpredictable like a stormy sea and with a taste for adventure, Franco Cavallero pursues his dream: to produce a Gin that is entirely the fruit of the land, whose entire production chain he can follow, using only fresh ingredients, selected botanicals and cultivated by him at "Chilometro Zero".
Former owner of the Sant'Agata winery, in 2011 he opened a wine shop/cocktail bar in Asti: "Il Cicchetto", a place, as he says, "where you come to share experiences".
His great curiosity, his passion for good gin and for evenings with friends, stimulated him to create a place where he could experience some of the best gin labels. There are about a hundred of them in his establishment.
In Italy the world of Gin is still unexplored and undervalued by many. Franco Cavallero would like to see an all-Piedmontese gin, with its own special features and unmistakable taste.
Gin is a drink obtained from the infusion of juniper berries in alcohol produced by the distillation of cereals (wheat, barley, wheat and rye), flavoured with plants and spices, the taste of which must never overpower that of juniper. Modern gin tends to find its own mode of expression, which makes each recipe unique. Italy has a long tradition of juniper distillates, since this evergreen shrub, typical of the Mediterranean, with its balsamic and pungent aroma, has spread to the Alps, the Apennines and Sardinia. The oldest 'Italian gins' belong to the Piedmont and Trentino traditions, as can be seen from the old liquor-making manuals of the late 19th century by Antonio Rossi and Luigi Sala.
Cavallero started with three thousand square metres of plots to cultivate the most suitable botanicals to characterise his gin, until he reached four hectares, increasing the species of plants cultivated from twenty to thirty-five types. The land became a fundamental variable, altitude (very important for a greater concentration of the active ingredient), exposure and soil became the focus of his research. Over time, medicinal plants with therapeutic or aromatic characteristics have been added to the recipe to give the drink considerable complexity.
The "Agricultural Gin" is a Gin with a unique recipe, based on the use of specific varieties and quantities of components, entirely from Piedmont, cultivated directly by Franco Cavallero and used fresh. These peculiarities make the product "alive", powerful, intense and strongly characterised.