Ruchè di Castagnole
Ruchè di Castagnole DOCG – La Cascinetta Bortolin
The potential and distinctiveness of this variety starts from its aroma profile with herbal and floral aromas like rose, lavender, and mint, as well as spice components like coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. The fruit character is of juicy red fruits, with wild raspberries. The palate and finish are sensational. A great wine for a barbeque!
Many people believe it was brought to the Piedmont from France by monks in the 1700s. More likely, it is a native grape indigenous to the hills around Asti. Being an aromatic variety like Brachetto, it was often made into a sweet wine until a winemaking priest, Don Giacomo Cauda, really captured the potential for Ruchè as a serious age-worthy wine.
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The family run winery began its production in 2008 when the Bortolin family decided to restore their abandoned vineyard, in a little village, Viarigi, in Monferrato, Piedmont.
Recently, they decided to start a totally organic production with the aim to combine the high quality of the product with a focus to sustainability both in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Ruchè di Castagnole
The Ruchè di Castagnole wine has an uncertain etymology, with some speculating a connection to the first vineyards near a Benedictine chapel dedicated to Saint Roch (San Rocco). Others believe the name might stem from the typical hilly locations, with the dialectal “ruché” indicating the steep and sun-exposed vineyard’s position. It boasts a unique and distinctive taste, with a medium structure and generous character. In Castagnole Monferrato, towards the late 1970s, the parish priest, Don Giacomo Cauda, together with Mayor Lidia Bianco, worked to enhance its quality, ultimately achieving DOC status in 1987. Since then, Ruchè di Castagnole has earned a well-respected niche in enology at the national and international level. It pairs excellently with flavourful medium to aged cheeses and complements traditional Piedmontese dishes such as bagna cauda, finanziera, and agnolotti. It also pairs well with game-based second courses. Ruchè is truly an outstanding fine wine with a special appeal for wine enthusiasts worldwide.