Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato docg

General Notes

Ruchè is one of the rarest autochthonous grape varieties cultivated in the Monferrato Astigiano district. It probably originated from a grape variety imported from Burgundy by monks, who planted it near the convent of San Rocco, which has long-since been demolished. Dry calcareous soil and the considerable exposure of the production area to the sun, result in the creation of a high quality wine available in limited quantities. Destined for family consumption in the past, it was the wine of ‘important occasions’, offered to the nearest and dearest, always associated with life’s beautiful moments; over time Ruchè has maintained these characteristics, becoming recognised and appreciated both nationally and worldwide. D.o.c. since 1987, thanks to its original quality, its success has grown over the last decade, consolidated by the prestigious recognition of Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin in 2010.

Production zone:
municipalities of Castagnole Monferrato, Grana, Montemagno, Portacomaro, Refrancore, Scurzolengo and Viarigi.

Grapes:
90 to 100 % Ruchè (Barbera and/or Brachetto up to a maximum of 10%);

Minimum natural alcohol content by volume of the grapes:
minimum 10.5% vol.

Production yields:
maximum 9 tons, corresponding to 63 hectolitres per hectare;

Wine characteristics:
Minimum total alcohol content by volume: 12% vol.
Minimum total acidity: 5 ‰;
Minimum net dry extract: 20 ‰;.

Not overly bright ruby red coloured, with an intense and original perfume with floral and spicy notes, sometimes joined by scents of wild berries and cherries. It has a dry, harmonious and pleasantly smooth flavour, with good aromatic persistence.

It can accompany an entire meal, from hors d’oeuvres, with salami and ham, to soups and moderately mature cheeses.

The Ruchè grape variety

This grape variety is cultivated (not very widely) in the province of Asti, in the Castiglione Monferrato area and a few neighbouring municipalities.

The adult leaf is medium-small, wedge shaped and with three or five lobes. The light green blade is clearly folded into a very slightly puckered cup shape. The ripe bunch is medium-large or large, cylinder shaped with well-developed twigs, sometimes with long stalks. The medium-small berry is black-blue with very bloomy skin and characterised by a slightly aromatic flavour.

Germination: medium period (second ten days of April).
Grape ripening: average-early or medium period (end of September).

This is an average flourishing grape variety with high fertility and abundant productions. Ruché copes well with short pruning but is usually trained using the espalier system with Guyot pruning; it is tolerant of mildew. Ruché is used to make a rather particular, slightly aromatic wine, with relatively low acidity, good alcohol content and a balanced body with an original taste-olfactory impact.

Production area

Curiosities

Also known as Moscatellina in some areas of the province of Alessandria.

Trend in production

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato – Production
VintageExtent cultivated (hectares)Wine production (hectolitres)
Data sources: Asti Chamber of Commerce; Valoritalia; Regione Piemonte
Data processing: Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Asti e del Monferrato
2000261.517
2001271.550
2002381.600
2003412.006
2004422.534
2005472.583
2006482.834
2007532.952
2008603.168
2009733.605
2010 docg844.321
2011 docg1035.538
2012 docg1155.534
2013 docg1236.403
2014 docg1206.082
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato – L’imbottigliato
CALENDAR YEARHectolitresNo. of bottles (0.75 litre capacity)
Data source: Valoritalia
Data processing: Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Asti e del Monferrato
20092.375316.683
20103.059407.803
20113.746499.401
20123.239431.875
20134.682624.327
20145.102680.293

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