San Giorgio Erballuce di Caluso Spumante DOCG

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Winemaker: Remo Falconieri

Appellation: Piedmont, Italy

Grape Varieties: Erbaluce

“San Giorgio” Metodo Classico was the first wine produced by the winery in 1985. This sparkling is made from estate Erbaluce grapes chosen for optimal acidity. Following gentle, whole-cluster pressing, fermentation occurs at a low temperature. Malolactic fermentation does not take place. The wine is then bottled for secondary fermentation. After resting in contact with the lees for at least 36 months, the bottles are disgorged. The estate’s hallmark wine spends an additional six months in bottle prior to release.

Founded in 1985, Cieck is overseen by Remo Falconieri, who humbly accepts his given title as the King of Sparkling Erbaluce (an indigenous white grape variety). The winery was one of the original five producers in San Giorgio Canavese, and a number of other top estates in the area consult with Remo today. Now in his eighties, Remo labors daily in the cellar alongside his daughter, Lia, and Domenico Caretto, producing some of Alto Piemonte’s most elegant Erbaluce. For those yet to discover the ancient grape, Erbaluce is derived from two words:  dawn (“erba”) and light (“luce”). Its name alludes to the striking copper color the grapes assume as the sun hits them on traditional pergola-trained vines.