The Le Grive bottling from Forteto della Luja in Montferrato, Piemonte, has been one of our strongest selling Italian red wines ever. Vintage after vintage this wine is always great. It's one of those gems that is universally liked and we've hardly ever seen anyone take a sip and NOT want to buy a bottle. It is a blend of 80% Barbera and 20% Pinot Nero (Noir) that is medium to full bodied, mouth filling and downright delicious. It has a gorgeous silky texture with smooth easy going tannins. The acidic edge of Barbera is softened by the addition of Pinot Noir, which also adds a pretty floral component and makes the wine complete and well structured.
Forteto della Luja is a special estate located in the village of Loazzolo at the western edge of Monferrato high in the Langhe hills of Piemonte. The 13.5 hectares of vines are planted primarily to Barbera and Moscato with some Pinot Nero, at an elevation ranging between 500-600 meters or 1,640-1,968 feet above sea level - making it one of the highest in the entire region. The Scaglione family has tended this beautiful piece of land since the 1970s with great care, never introducing any chemicals or harmful ingredients to the soil. In fact, Forteto della Luja is home to a thriving ecosystem of over 20 different species of flora and fauna that are protected by the World Wildlife Fund, and was the first to be awarded that protection in all of Italy. They were also the first winery in Piemonte to embrace solar power with the installation of solar panels on the roof of the cellar which supply electricity to the winery every day of the year. Naturally, the farming is organic with biodynamic practices yet, as is the case with many Italian producers, they are not certified because they don't want to pay for it and deal with the governing body!