The vineyard: Verduno Pelaverga DOC is one of the smallest denominations in the Langhe area with only 18 ha of vines and 12 producers. All the vineyards are on the territory of Verduno and upper La Morra. In 2013 we planted our own 0,37 ha of Pelaverga in cru Castagni (La Morra) and while waiting for its first harvest we are buying some grapes from our neighbours and experimenting with the vinification.
The variety: ancient and autochthonous for Piedmont, known since Roman times given its Latin name. The Romans enjoyed the wine made of it quite a lot as it was considered an aphrodisiac for its peppery odour and flavour. Actually the first part of the variety name comes from the verb «pelare» - peel, and the second part - «verga» - as in modern Spanish stands for the masculine endowments’ single element.
The wine: the typical Pelaverga is a light and fresh wine, pale in colour with expressed aromas of black and white pepper and small wild berries. The peppery flavour tends to disappear within a year (in most wines), so that’s why Pelaverga is drunk fast. The fermentation and ageing in oak though permitted us to underline and preserve for much longer this «pepperness» and to enjoy a particularly elegant and balanced wine.
The name: in Piedmontese language «daje mac!» is a shout, meaning «Go for it!» or «May the force be with you!». One needs to implement a lot of effort to preserve colour and flavour in this ancient variety.