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Ruché (pronounced in English /ˈruːkeɪ/ roo-kay, Italian: [ruˈke]) 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, and was granted the more prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status in 2010.

The current DOC recognized area of production for the wine, covers only about 100 acres (40 hectares) of vines around the villages of Castagnole Monferrato, Refrancore, Grana, Montemagno, Viarigi, Scurzolengo and Portacomaro. 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 variety 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 the area for at least one hundred years but has only recently been marketed and consumed outside of the immediate vicinity of its production. Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato tends to be medium bodied with notes of pepper and wild berries and floral aromas on the nose. The wine is often characterized by moderate acidity and soft tannins. In the Piedmont region it is often paired with slow-cooked beef, northern Italian cheeses and mushrooms.


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  1. Montalbera Ruche Di Castagnole Monferrato 'Laccento' DOCG 2013

    99pts by Luca Maroni in the prestigious Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani ! This extraordinary wine from the rare Ruche grape (pron. 'Roo-Kay') is winning gold & silver awards at US & European wine events. Bright ruby color with delicate floral & red berry aromas; delicate, velvety taste with flavours of black plums & spicy pepper. The aroma of this wine is sufficient reason to buy it - intense floral of roses & violets. Full bodied but with soft fruit - a very difficult wine to compare - its just different & very, very, very good. Ruche was a grape once thought extinct but with DNA identification & significant propagation, there are now some 50ha in production. Unique aromas & flavours - this is a one of a kind.
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