After 15 years of DOC status, we decided to “call it by its name”, starting with the 2011 vintage, to show how special it is to us. This unique wine is produced almost exclusively in the municipality of Verduno, from the rare native grape variety Pelaverga Piccolo. You can tell that it is special by its colour, but what is particularly captivating is its unmistakable spicy scent, especially of pepper, hence Speziale (spezia being the Italian word for spice).
Let yourself be seduced!
Tip: drink it in company…
Grape variety: Pelaverga Piccolo
Vineyards, Exposure, Altitude: Riva Rocca (Soth/East, 270-320 meters), Campasso (East, 250-350 meters), Boscatto (East, 250-350 meters), Neirane (West 330-400 meters), Sotto Orti (West 270-310 meters), Galleria (West 250-280 meters)
Average age of vines: around 20 years
Total area: about 3 hectares
Soil: limestone and silty
Harvest period and method: by hand in the second half of September
Vine training and Density of plants: Guyot; 4,500 vines per hectare
Fermentation and Maceration: 6 – 8 days in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature of 25 – 26 °C (77 – 79 °F)
Ageing and Fining: 5 – 6 months in stainless steel or cement tanks, and at least 1-2 months in horizontally laid bottles
Bottling period: April, May
Longevity: 3-4 years
First year of production: 1973