From this old indigenous variety from Ligure, rediscoverd in Piedmont, a pleasant white wine is born
Variety: Carica l’Asino, Favorita, Sauvignon Blanc and Cortese Alto Monferrato.
Production area: Town of San Marzano Oliveto, typical area of production of this DOCG wine.
Vineyards: Town of San Marzano Oliveto, map 9, part 223. Pruning system is Guyot. Planted in the year of 1954.
Working techniques in the vineyards: Pruning leaving 7/8 buds. Activities in the vineyardsare guided by a modern Biodynamic method, vineyards are certified organic by “Suolo e Salute”.
Harvesting: Manual harvesting with baskets, followed by analysis of maturation, generally in the second week of September.
Light straw-colored yellow, fresh and fruity scents. Light and balanced, perfectly acid and sapid.
The story of this wine is very special and it starts in 2005 when the farm purchased a stable surrounded by vineyards, at a region called “Valle Asinari” (“Valley of the Donkeys”). These vineyards are grown and soon it is discovered the diversity of two parcels of Cortese Alto Monferrato. We’ve asked the previous owner, a nice vivid lady of 1922, that satisfied our curiosity. When her husband found out about this variety, “Carica l’Asino” (“Load the Donkey”), through their friends from Acqui Terme, they decided to grow it in their land at the region of “Valle Asinari” (Valley of the Donkeys”). The curious existence of “Carica l’Asino” in that region combined with Bruna’s passion for Donkeys gave birth to the “Carica l’Asino” white wine. This wine has a longevity of 2/3 years.
Year Established: 1927
Location: Monferrato Asti
Size: 21 hectares
Varieties: Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Cortese, Moscato, Carica l’Asino.
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Vinification: Native yeasts
The Carussin family – Bruna, Luigi, Luca, and
Matteo – work together as a family to continue traditions that date back five generations.
Originally founded in 1927 with only four hectares, they grew over many years
to the twenty-one hectares that they and their extended family now farm in the
lower Monferrato Asti, on the hills of San Marzano Oliveto. Their vineyards are primarily planted to Barbera, but they also work with Grignolino, Nebbiolo, Cortese, Moscato, as well as an ancient white native variety – _Carica l’Asino. _
Carussin have eschewed the use of chemicals in their farming and winemaking practices since 1984. They have been certified organic for more than 20 years, following biodynamic principles in both the vineyard and the cellar. Harvest is done by hand. Fermentation is spontaneous (from native yeasts).