Castagnole Monferrato is a cosy, small village led on Monferrato hills.
Wine yards everywhere, old towers, a long wall called “la Muraja” (the wall) from which a fantastic view will leave you astonished. And of course, restaurant, cellars and trattoria everywhere.
Yes, because Castagnole Monferrato is the home of a great wine called Ruchè. It’s a red wine, which origin goes back to Medieval Age, a “mystery wine” because nobody knows precisely its history and also the origin of its name is unknown.
But well-known are the more recent facts: after many years in which it was just produced in small amount for nearly familial use, in 1964 a Priest from Castagnole, don Giacomo Cauda, enthusiastic of its taste and aromatic flavour decided to commit himself in Ruchè valorisation.
He made a real “miracle”, he cultivated intensively this autochthon grape variety and in few decades this wonderful wine became what it is now.
“He was an unusual man and priest” – the elderly say in front of “da Geppe” bar, in the central square of the village. “He spent most of his time in the vineyard or in the cellar, going after his dream and carrying with him all the youngest of the Parish.
Today in Castagnole Monferrato area there are more than 160 hectares cultivated and more than 700.000 bottles produced every year.
With its aromatic scent of rose and violet is well appreciated all around the world, and exported also in USA and China. Important recognition was not late to arrive: in 1987 Ruchè wine received the DOC attestation and then, in 2010, also DOCG arrived.
I love this village and I’ve searched for Alma Houses here. Many possibilities on sales, with fantastic view on Ruchè vineyard, but among all my favourite is a big “casale” (palace) made by two different houses. Big spaces to live or to start an activity, antique cellar, garden with roses and lilac, and everything at walking distance from the village centre with its vineries and restaurants.
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