Claudio Vio

Claudio Vio "Pigato" Riviera di Ponente, Italy 2023

Claudio Vio "Pigato" Riviera di Ponente, Italy 2023

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THE WINE: It’s here, in the tiny village of Vendone, 12 kilometers inland and 300 meters above the sea, that Ettore and Natalina Vio planted vines and olive trees amidst the mountain scrub in the 1970s. Their son Claudio and his wife, Maria Grazia, now tend the family farm.  

A dispersed patchwork of tiny, terraced vineyard plots adding up to just two hectares — mostly Pigato, with a little Vermentino — yield just enough wine for us to bring in a few hundred cases a year.  After manual harvest, the bunches are destemmed and crushed, and the must is left to macerate with the skins for about 18 hours. Fermentation with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks (18-20°C) lasts about 25 days. After fermentation, the wine spends 1-2 months on the lees without stirring, a total of six months in stainless steel, and a minimum of two months in bottle before release. Total production is about 750 cases per year.

THE PRODUCER: Pigato grows throughout Liguria, but the best is in the “zona dell’ albenganese”, or the region around and above the coastal town of Albenga. Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes book says, “Morphological and DNA comparisons have clearly established that… Pigato and Vermentino are one and the same variety”, but Ligurian growers disagree. The grapes certainly don’t look the same in the vineyard, and the resulting wines taste different, even when vinified the same. The name “Pigato” comes from a dialect word meaning freckled and refers to the spotted appearance of the grape skinsIt’s here, in the tiny village of Vendone, 12 kilometers inland and 300 meters above the sea, that Ettore and Natalina Vio planted vines and olive trees amidst the mountain scrub in the 1970s. Their son Claudio and his wife, Maria Grazia, now tend the family farm.  

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