Verduno Pelaverga

Verduno Pelaverga

44°40'05" N


7°56'10" E




about this subregion

Nestled in the heart of Italy's esteemed wine country, the Verduno Pelaverga sub-region stands as a testament to the symbiotic relationship between terroir and tradition. This picturesque pocket of Piedmont, encircled by undulating hills and ancient vineyards, is characterized by a unique environment that has become synonymous with the cultivation of the Pelaverga Piccolo grape variety.

The environment of Verduno Pelaverga is a harmonious blend of factors contributing to the distinctive characteristics of its wines. The soil, a rich mix of clay and limestone, imparts depth and complexity to the grapes. The climate, with its warm days and cooler evenings, ensures that the grapes mature gradually, developing a perfect balance of sugar, acidity, and tannins. The gentle slopes provide optimal sun exposure, further enhancing the ripening process.

The star of this sub-region, however, is undeniably the Pelaverga Piccolo grape. This red grape variety, deeply rooted in the history and culture of Verduno, is the most widely planted in the region. Known for its delicate aromas, hinting at strawberries, spices, and even light peppery notes, the Pelaverga Piccolo produces wines that are light in color but brimming with personality. The resultant wines are refreshingly unique, effortlessly marrying the elegance of Piedmontese wines with the distinctive character of the Verduno terroir.

In sum, the Verduno Pelaverga sub-region is a beautiful confluence of environment and enology, where nature and human intervention come together to create wines that are as enchanting as the landscapes from which they emerge.



Vineyard Hectares





Discover Terroir

The DOC Verduno Pelaverga is a special designation within the Piedmont wine region in Italy, covering just a few hectares spread across three municipalities: Verduno, La Morra, and Roddi. These municipalities are situated to the west of the larger municipality of Alba. The unique geographical and climatic conditions of this area contribute to the distinct character of the Verduno Pelaverga wines, which are renowned for their quality and unique flavor profiles. The Consorzio Verduno Pelaverga plays a critical role in ensuring the high quality of wines produced in this region, setting standards and overseeing production to maintain the integrity and reputation of these exceptional wines.

The region's climate is humid subtropical, while temperatures are generally mild due to the mountain influence, although summers are hot. In addition, rainfall is distributed throughout the year.

In this region, the vineyards are in mountainous areas with altitudes reaching up to 500 meters. The vineyards' soils are clayey, calcareous and sandy, with various combinations of these three elements depending on the area.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Pelaverga Piccolo

Verduno Pelaverga is a unique and lesser-known gem among Italian wines, hailing from the small village of Verduno in the Piedmont region. This wine showcases the indigenous grape variety Pelaverga Piccolo, which is almost exclusively cultivated here, making it a true local specialty.

With a history dating back centuries, Verduno Pelaverga has earned its place as a beloved regional favorite. It boasts a distinctive character that sets it apart from more well-known Italian wines. The wine's pale ruby color entices the eye, while its bouquet offers a delicate mix of floral and spicy notes, featuring hints of violet, white pepper, and wild berries.

On the palate, Verduno Pelaverga captivates with its light-to-medium body and refreshing acidity. It is a delightfully lively wine, dancing with flavors of red fruits, strawberries, and cherries. The subtle spiciness adds an intriguing layer of complexity to the overall profile. The wine's moderate tannins and low alcohol content contribute to its easy-drinking nature, making it a versatile choice for a range of occasions.

Traditionally, Verduno Pelaverga is a fantastic companion to the local cuisine, especially with Piedmontese specialties like agnolotti (stuffed pasta) or vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce). Its vibrant and fruity character also pairs well with lighter fare, such as seafood dishes, salads, or fresh cheeses.

Despite its limited production, Verduno Pelaverga has begun to garner attention beyond its homeland. Wine enthusiasts and sommeliers alike appreciate its unique qualities, embracing its charming and distinctive character. For those seeking an authentic taste of Piedmont's viticultural heritage, Verduno Pelaverga offers a delightful and captivating experience that is both rare and rewarding.