In the village of Verduno – between the end of September and the beginning of October – grapes of an ancient and indigenous variety are harvested. The name of this grape is
and – thought the area where it is produced is very small – its popularity is growing.
Grape Variety: Pelaverga Piccolo
Geographical location: vineyards in Verduno
Processing: the grapes are harvested only when fully matured and the vinification starts straight away when they get into the cellar. First it comes the destalking, soft pressing, follows a fermentation – which is tumultuous and takes place at about 28°C in stainless steel tanks – then it follows the maceration. This consists in leaving the must in contact with the skins and pips – according to the tradition. After racking, the ideal conditions for a perfect malolactic fermentation are created in the cellar.
Maturation and aging: the wine is kept in stainless steel tanks for 6 months to preserve its freshness. A short aging in the bottle follows before being sold.
Characteristics: a magnificent ruby red colour tinged with cherry nuances catches the eye; interesting the nose with its fragrant and fruity features enhanced by notes of spices. The palate is dry with intense notes of spice and green pepper; its pleasant acidity, moderate tannins, balance and body are captivating.
Served young or after a moderate aging, the Pelaverga matches perfectly with the typical cuisine of the Langhe – in particular salami and cheeses.