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: Vines have an average age of 40 years, spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in concrete, aged for 10 months in concrete vats, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour, with evolving aromas of black cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, white pepper, bramble, wildflowers, earth and roasted hazelnut. Blueberry, black cherry, pomegranate, white pepper, dark chocolate, earth and just the slightest trace of fizz are flanked by fresh acidity and light tannins. Blackberry, black currant and hazelnut linger between each juicy sip. Well balanced, expressive and vivid.