The vineyard: One part of the Freisa (60% of the blend) comes from an old vineyard situated in the typical zone for this variety in mid Piedmont - Chieri. The second part (25%) comes from another Freisa county - the border between Langhe and Asti. The Barbera comes from our own vineyards in the Langhe area, it grows on deep soil and on a slope with slighlty Northern inclination that producer fresher berries with more fruit flavours.
The variety: The Freisa is an ancient grape variety with unclear origin that is now mostly found in the Monferrato and Chieri zones in Piedmont, in the Langhe area it's nearly extinct. The traditional wine from Freisa is red, light and with some residual CO2 to make it "vivace", very few producers do a rosé sparkling wine from it.
The wine: Delicate on the nose with red fruits, peaches and apple notes, some bread crust hints that recall more a classic brut than a Charmat one. The vague tannins tighten the structure and underline the dark mineral finsh.
The name: The hedgehog (“riccio” [rEE-choh]) is our symbol. Riccio + spumante = Ricciante.