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Made from the wonderful Vespolina grape, a unique, indigenous variety that was once widespread in Alto Piemonte and is now grown in a tiny area, less than 100 acres, of which Torraccia owns approximately 15 acres. Its decline is not due to lack of character but to low yield and thin skins that bruise and tend to be pierced by insects including wasps, hence its name, Vespolina, or ‘little wasp’. Maretta, named after the vineyard where it is grown, is the ultimate expression of aged Vespolina.

Origin and method of vinification

Grape: 100 % Vespolina
Vine training system: guyot
Area of production: portion of vineyard of about 10 acres of our own estate in the area called Maretta, located in the D.O.C. area of Ghemme
Average yield per acre: about 2,400 kg
Harvesting: hand-picked at the end of September-beginning of October and transported to the winery in small crates
Vinification: a soft pressing of the grapes is followed by maceration and alcoholic fermentation at low temperature in order to enhance the fruity notes. A further malolactic fermentation process follows
Ageing: at least 18 months in medium-size French oak barrels of Allier
Finishing: at least 2 months in bottle
Bottle: inspired by an original 1904 Ghemme bottle

Tasting notes

Colour: deep, brilliant red
Nose: intense, ripe red fruits with spicy notes
Flavour: full-bodied, dry, subtly tannic with a pleasant bitter aftertaste
Recommended initial serving temperature: 15°C-16°C, in large glass, uncork just before serving
Food pairings: perfect for cured meats, it enhances a large variety of dishes with moderate flavours

  • Gambero Rosso

    1 Black Glass: Well-made to good wine

    Maretta DOC 2008, 2010 e 2011
  • Touring Club - Vini Buoni d'Italia

    2 Red Stars:Well-made and pleasantly drinkable wine

    Maretta DOC 2008, 2010 e 2011
  • L'Espresso - Vini d'Italia

    2 Bottles: Well-made superior wine

    Maretta DOC 2008, 2010 e 2011
  • Slow Wine – Slow Food Editore

    «The Colline Novaresi Vespolina Maretta 2007 is spicy.»

    Maretta DOC 2007

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