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Bruna Vermentino '19


Bruna Vermentino '19

Any discussion of the great white wines of Italy must include Liguria.

The lack of notoriety of the wines is due to a combination of factors. Liguria isn’t a large wine production zone, mostly because its terrain along the Italian Riviera offers little farmable land. As one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, there is a lot of tourism throughout the summer, which helps deplete much of the annual production. Finally, the majority of producers in Liguria have very little wine to sell, and as such don’t have the ability to market the wines like some regions in Italy, where big producers bring notoriety due to their large marketing budgets.

Given our role of helping introduce you to the best producers throughout the wine world, we were excited last year to re-introduce the Bruna family wines to Chicago. As a refresher, Azienda Agricola Bruna produces about 3,000 cases of wine from their 8 hectares of vineyards in the Arroscia Valley in Western Liguria. They are known as the benchmark producer of the Pigato varietal, which the family refers to as a biotype of Vermentino.

Today we are featuring a wine that was first introduced in 2016. This single vineyard Vermentino comes from the village of Pogli, which lies just to the east of Ranzo, the home base for Bruna. The soils of the Garaxin vineyard are a combination of limestone, with white and blue clay.

The grapes are hand harvested, pressed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The 2019 underwent partial malolactic fermentation.

The result is perhaps Bruna’s most “bright and refreshing” style. Citrus dominated on the nose, with plenty of mineral character from its fossilized soil. Like all of Bruna’s wines it has excellent balance. Drink this as an aperitif, or pair with simply prepared shellfish.

Don’t like it too much though, only 1200 bottles were produced!




Producer Azienda Agricola Bruna
Vintage 2019
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Vermentino


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