Vinyer de la Ruca is the project of Manuel Di Vecchi Staraz, a young guy from Tuscany who some years ago began tending a fifty year old plot of Grenache vines a few hundred metres from Mediterranean in the Pyrenees.
The fruit grows wild on sheer shale terraces along walls of dry stone. It is battered by wind from the sea and soaked in Mediterranean sun. The vines are tended without machines or chemicals, by hand and mule.
Crops are low, 300 kilos of Grenache per hectare yields just 1000 bottles a year. Grapes are crushed by foot, de-stemmed by hand and fermented naturally and the wines are bottled unfiltered with no additions at all.
Manuel’s wines have an intensity of flavour and texture unlike anything else we have found.