Estate: For over a century, Nadia Verrua’s family has been making wine in the hills of Monferrato, around the village of Scurzolengo, in Piemonte. Cascina Tavijn is comprised of 10 hectares of hazelnut groves and vineyards, farmed organically [certified] and with very little intervention. As a child Nadia worked alongside her parents Ottavio and Teresa, today they work alongside her and provide endless inspiration for her clever wine names and striking labels.
Vineyards are 300 meters in elevation, with calcareous limestone and sandy soils. Below the calcareous layers is compact sand and marine fossils, a reminder of the sea that covered this area during the Pliocene period.
Nadia utilizes all manners of material for ageing vessels; cement, fiberglass, plastic, wood and glass. Her unique approach is a true synthesis of indigenous Piemonte grapes with traditional, ancient techniques.
Her wine names are non-traditional, but they are personal, humorous and even funnier when you are in on the joke. Her eye-catching labels are a collaboration with Giancluca Cannizzo of My Poster Sucks.
For a closer look, check out Nadia Verrua: The Maverick of Monferrato.
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in stainless steel and concrete tanks, second fermentation in the bottle from a small amount of remaining residual sugar.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with aromas of black cherry,
hazelnut, raspberry, violet and terracotta. Black cherry, strawberry, raspberry, bramble, white pepper, trace of clove and chalky minerality are glossed with super light fizz. Tangy acidity and wooly tannins fuse with black cherry, hazelnut and a bitter streak on the sateen finish. Agile, twinkly, engaging.
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Cascina ‘tavijn di Nadia Verrua
€14 [Average price, not available in the U.S.]