If you’ve never heard of Ruche (pronounced roo kay), you’re in good company. The Ruche is a relatively scarce red grape varietal grown almost exclusively in the hills northwest of Asti around the commune of Castagnole Monferrato in the Piedmont region in northern Italy.
In 1962 Cauda came as a priest to the parish of Castagnole Monferrato. Though his faith with clear, it was his passion for the vine that helped the world come to know Ruchè as we know it today. He had noticed that his wines were not as he thought they should be and saw that this this unfamiliar grape was messing up his beloved Barbera. He started asking the locals and they pointed out that a special grape called Ruchè was the culprit.
The following year, he picked the Ruchè a little early and made what he could from the single grape and, like some divine intervention, he knew that he had to do something special with this wine. In 1964, grafting and replanting began. In 1967 the first mono-varietal bottling was produced and by the the early 1980’s there was just over 30 hectares planted. In 1987 the Ruchè Di Castagnole Monferrato was given DOC status and in 2010 it was awarded the DOCG distinction. Today there is currently 162 hectares grown and about 20 producers, collectively making 400,000 bottles of wine.
Taste wines like you’ve never tasted wine before. Wine Blind Tasting experience at Kawa Espresso Bar is a fun way to explore and learn about wine. Please join us to discover the forgotten grape of Piedmont. Wine from 3 Ruche producers and a food platter (a big food platter) will accompany the wine tasting.