Ezio Cerruti

Castiglione Tinella, Piemonte

Ezio Cerruti has seven hectares of vines surrounding his home in the commune of Castiglione Tinella, about halfway between Asti and the Langhe.

Here Moscato vines up to sixty years old are planted on steep slopes about 400 metres above sea level and atypically for the area Ezio works these organically. Biodiversity is valued and the long grass and wildflowers between the rows here stand in stark contrast to the more draconian setups nearby.

Ezio is a perfectionist, an introverted guy who prefers to concentrate on just making a wine or two and making sure things are done the right way. Unlike his neighbours, he believes a still wine is the best way of letting grape and place speak.

To open a bottle of his wine is to visit these rolling, sun-drenched hills with their white, chalky soils. For us Ezio’s is one of Italy’s great sweet wines and we are very grateful to receive some of the precious few bottles he makes each year.