Standard bearer of a territory, uniqueness escaped extinction, grape variety with irreplaceable notes in wine as in grappa. Ruchè is an icon of Monferrato thanks to its unmistakable identity and a production limited to seven municipalities in the north of Asti which gives it that aura of rarity capable of stimulating the attention of consumers from all over the world. Today, however, this vine would no longer be among us without the work of Don Giacomo Cauda, the parish priest who arrived in Castagnole Monferrato in 1964 – which has always been the main production town of this nectar – unaware that he is about to carry out an extra-spiritual mission: to save the Ruchè since his death. “May God forgive me if, in order to dedicate myself body and soul to the vineyard, I have sometimes neglected my Ministry”, were the words of Don Cauda to whose memory today a town square is dedicated. In fact, the parish priest safeguarded what would later be renamed as “Vigna del Parroco”, nowadays the vineyard with the oldest Ruchè strains existing throughout the production area. Almost sixty years have passed since the planting of Don Cauda and at the gates of this autumn the “Vigna del Parroco” is the protagonist of an absolute novelty that also concerns the world of distillation. Thanks to the collaboration between the Azienda Ferraris Agricola of Luca Ferraris – current owner of the most historic rows of Ruchè – and Mazzetti d’Altavilla – Distillers since 1846, a reality in the area founded 176 years ago and which has long been attentive to the enhancement of Ruchè in distillation Grappa 7.0 Le Origini is born, the brand new Riserva obtained from the exclusive distillation of marc from the “Vigna del Parroco”.
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7.0 Le origini - Vigna del Parroco®
Ferraris Agricola and Mazzetti d’Altavilla welcome “7.0 Le Origini”, the distillate that enhances the sublime notes of Ruchè from the most historic vineyard.
For connoisseurs and the curious, this is a new concept of Grappa that marks the evolution of the 7.0 Barricata di Ruchè, already created in 2016 to convey through the modern language of numbers the key elements of the Ruchè grape: 7 like the generations of the “Mazzetti distillers d’Altavilla ”and the municipalities in which the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato grapes ripen. 0 the kilometers traveled by the Ruchè marc to reach the Grapperia, so reduced is the environmental impact of production thanks to the use of renewable energy sources.
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