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Grignolino d'Asti DOC

Grignolino

The first mention of Grignolino grapes dates back to a distant past. About the place of origin, there is no doubt that it is on the hills between Asti and Casale, where we still find it cultivated today. In some of the documents of 1200 we have already a mention of the grapevines of Berbesino, the only grape that the canonical representatives recommended to cultivate. Over the years this wine gained more and more importance: it was considered the wine of the lords, the most friendly wine of all.

From Berbesino it was first transformed into Barbesino and then in 1800 it was named Grignolino, perhaps due to the abundant presence of grapeseeds in its grapes, which in Piedmont are called "grignole". These give it a particularly tannic taste, thus making it a difficult product, especially appreciated by local consumers. The cluster has a medium large, compact, cylindrical or pyramidal shape, the grape is rather small, slightly oval, the thin skin of purplish red. The few vineyards are found in the towns of Asti and Alessandria. The must obtained from these grapes is left in contact with the skins for about 4/5 days. It is then frequently dropped as rain on the marc, to favor the extraction of color and scents contained in the skins. A careful and constant control of fermentation temperature is necessary as excessive overheating would cause loss of perfumes. We then proceed to the grinding phase and then to the refining process that takes place in the tank and then completed in a bottle for at least one month. It is all carried out in accordance with traditions, but using modern equipment in order to offer the consumer a wine that respects its typical characteristics and at the same time is hygienically safe

This extraordinary Grignolino d'Asti DOC, ruby red with light orange reflections, is produced with the best grapes cultivated by Amelio Livio. Its delicate, fruity, spicy aroma and its dry, slightly tannic, pleasantly bitter flavor with persistent aftertaste make this wine well suited to accompany appetizers, light second courses and fish dishes. However, we believe it is the ideal wine to accompany the whole meal.

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