Nadia Verrua is a young Piedmont-born vigneronne based in the region of Asti. Her estate is comprised of 6 ha of vines and 4 ha of hazelnut trees. Since 2001 she has been producing delicate and refined reds from grapes which originated in this part of the Alps. The vines, made up of massal-selection Barbera, Grignolino and Ruché, three grape local varieties, produce superb results. Le Grignolino is a pale red, with delicate flavours of cherry. Eminently smooth, it’s best drunk in its youth, when its fruit is most expressive. The Grignolino is a old vine species currently being replanted by many growers of the new generation, though few vines remain and the variety had been considered near extinction. Le Ruché astonishes with its aromas of rose and violet, almost violent in its youth. Nadia, who has taken over her family plots, is still well supported by her parents, but she’s the one who sets the tone during the vinifications. Nadia dares, experiments, all the while seeking to guide her wines with ever greater precision. They are vinified without sulphur, and Nadia uses oak barrels from Slovenia.