Ottavio Rube Bianco Valli Unite 2016
The Ottavio Rube Bianco comes from the tiny co-op; Valli Unite in the hills of Piedmont, Italy. In southeast Piemonte, Valli Unite may be Italy’s only natural wine cooperative, where vineyards lie amid beehives, farm animals, orchards, and truffle filled woodlands. From honey to homemade salami, and wine between, 30 members work on the 100-hectare farm and call it home. During harvest, you can still stomp grapes with your bare feet here. Their wines range from the glou-glou bottlings of Alessandrino, Bianchino, and a crown cap farmer fizz, to more complex natural wines, such as their lithesome ‘Derthona,’ with the local Timorasso variety. “We believe natural vinification is a social responsibility” is the philosophy; soil humus, livestock manure, native yeasts, local grapes, time, and parsimonious sulphur compose the winning formula.
The co-operative was born over thirty years ago. At a time in which increasing numbers of people had moved to the cites and to factory work, three young men from local farming families got together to discuss the future of farming in this area. They were deeply attached to the work and to their own land, but they wanted to find new ways of using traditional methods. To begin with, they merged their vineyards and built stalls for farm animals so they could use organic manure to fertilise the fields and vines. The old ways were combined with a very modern belief in organic farming as the way of the future, as part of the wider project known as ‘contraction’, involving reducing the human impact on the natural environment.
The Ottavio Rube Bianco is a delicious and thirst-quenching mix of summer flowers, yellow plums and wild herbs held together by racy minerals. This wine ideally needs to be decanted!
It is suitable for vegetarians & vegans and is Organically certified.