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Ruche’ is one of the rarest grape varieties in all of Italy. It is a wine of vibrant red color, pungent aromas of geranium leaves and wild berries, and a lush mouthfeel. This delicious wine pairs well with aged cheeses, roasted pork, and game dishes.
As president of the association of Ruche’ producers, Marco Maria Crivelli, leads a small group of farmers who ardently believe in the excellence of this very rare grape variety, indigenous to the province of Asti. In 1919, his ancestors first planted vineyards, but it was not until 1989 that they began bottling their own wine. Today, the estate measures 8 hectare and is farmed without herbicides or pesticides.
Piedmont is the most "Frenchified" of all Italian wine regions. The long valleys of the Alpine foothills lead to easier travel to France's southern coast and inland than to the rest of Italy. It is perhaps for this reason that the Piedmontese have long practiced the most refined wine traditions of any Italian region. Terroir-based wisdom trickled down from early French masters (monks, typically) to this area.
Known mostly for their reds (but producing some excellent whites,) from the early ripening Dolcetto grape to the lofty, deep reds of Barolo and Barbaresco crafted from the Nebbiolo grape, these wines are clearly crafted using centuries of terroir-based winemaking.