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Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato: A DOCG to know

This obscure Italian DOCG has a big US following thanks to one Randall Grahm.

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato before. One of the newest and smallest of Italy’s DOCGs, this treasure is made from a rare and somewhat mysterious red grape, Ruchè, tucked away in the Monferrato hills in the Piedmont province of Asti.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 15 Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato wines


There are only 30 growers and 27 winemakers operating here but you could say locals are protective of Ruchè: it’s illegal to use the varietal name on any wine label outside of the DOCG, although you’d be hard-pressed to find any growing outside of the seven towns which make up the zone’s 190ha of vines.

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