Vercesi del Castellazzo Luogo della Milla 2014 Lombardy, Italy
Ruby colour with purple hues. This sparkling red wine offers notes of ripe blackberry and forest floor. It is a perfect match with cured ham and is best enjoyed when served chilled in summer. A very close cousin to Lambrusco.
About the winemaker
The Azienda Agricola Vercesi del Castellazzo is located on the slopes of the Oltrepò Pavese hills, in the village of Montù Beccaria in the Italian province of Pavia, Lombardy. The 20 hectares of vines have a south-southeast and south-southwest exposure. The Vercesi family has been growing grapes there since 1808. Nowadays they produce 13 different wines – nine reds and four whites – made with Croatina, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Vespolina, Merlot, Uva Rara and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1995, the winery complies with the European legislation on the reduction of environmental impact. Their agricultural practices are designed to preserve nature. The vineyards are completely grassed, no herbicides are used, vine cuttings are shred not to deprive the soil of nutrients, copper and sulphur are the only fungicides employed. They do not use sulphur dioxide during vinification – only small amounts during the bottling process – and they rely on wild yeasts only.