Ruché is a red Italian wine grape variety from the Piedmont region. It is largely used in making Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, a small production red varietal wine which was granted Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status by presidential decree on October 22, 1987. The current DOC recognized area of production for the wine, covers only about 100 acres of vines around the villages of Castagnole Monferrato, Refrancore, Grana, Montemagno, Viarigi, Scurzolengo, and Portacamaro. Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato is, therefore, one of the lowest production varietal wines in Italy. The grape is also grown to some extent in the neighboring province of Alessandria.

There is some debate about the origins of the Ruché grape. One theory is that the varietal is indigenous to the hills northeast of the town of Asti. Another theory is that the grape is a local variation on a French import. It has been grown in Read more »

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  • D'Agata has said some things (Ruche and Soy Sauce, that Montesetfano is a cool site?) that has gotten me into a little trouble when I repeated it here and on other boards.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Bordeaux

  • Quite the sea change in Bordeaux as prices seem a bit more affordable these days (as opposed to the 2009 bull rush just 5-6 years ago), and it appears they have a vintage that strikes the right balance between cool and warm. Not a too hot or too cold year that is, probably the first one like it since 2008.Eyeing Grand Puy Lacoste at $53/each, Du... Read More

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  • Pelaverga:  Burlotto makes one.  It wasn't my favorite.  ... white around my house. Ruche:  I had a few of those in Barolo, mostly remember Francesco Rinaldi's version.  Again, not my favorite. Even one of the "lighter" or earlier maturing nebbiolos is young at 7+ years, but I'm not convinced that you have to wait terribly long to drink them a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes

  • Ian D'Agata, one of the leading authorities on Italian wine. He calls Ruche an aromatic red, like Gewurtztraminer of reds of sorts, either love it or hate it, ages better than most people think, and if you like dishes with soy, soy and Ruche are best friends. Read More

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  • Ruche apparently goes well with soy sauce, had to try for myself. Read More

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  • I have had a ruche wine from that producer and reviewed it for this website. I recall that I enjoyed it Read More

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  • So the Ruche went over pretty well. Served to some friends my wife and I had over. Loved the nose, and though I was disappointed at first it opened with some air, and became a nice and enjoyable.Throws a refreshing fragrance of fresh crannberry. Light to medium bodied on the palate, with a pleasant attack, showing more cranberry, and dark plum f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes

  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those ... ... Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice apertif, and/or summer sipper with lighter foods. Have this on tap f... Read More

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  • Montalbera la Tradizione Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a shop in London's Kensington [ ... ... ... [ ] Ruche di Castagnola Monferrato got DOC status in 1987 and was uprated to the more prestigious DOCG in 2010.The DOCG area is very small and consists of 7 communes near the town of Asti in Piedmont. The grape that has to be used is the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Osel Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato 2011


    Interesting Italian wine made from the Ruche grape. Initially there was a touch of smoke on the nose but that dissipated into dark cherry and ripe plum. On the palate again there's nice black and red berries, a touch of black licorice, some earthiness, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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