Bruna

  • Liguria, Italy
Bruna

Established in 1970 by the late Riccardo Bruna, Azienda Agricola Bruna is the benchmark producer of the local Pigato (AKA Vermentino*) grape, a late-ripening variety named for the amber spots that appear on the bunches. Located in the Arroscia valley in western Liguria, the historic home for Pigato, Bruna is a tiny 7.5 hectare estate consisting of 5-6 vineyard plots, all planted on terraced vineyards carved out of the mountainside. Production in a top year is only 3000 cases. The vineyards are perched at 200-300 meters above sea level and only 15km from the Mediterranean. This area, known as the Maritime Alps, is known for its production of olives, cherries and aromatic herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and sage. Bruna is run by Riccardo’s daughter Francesca and her husband, Roberto. The estate has worked organically (not certified) since 2009. In addition to its three Pigato wines, Bruna makes a Vermentino, a Rossese, and a two red blends based on the local Granaccia variety, a variant of Grenache.  

*“Vermentino is actually Pigato. Wait a minute; no, Pigato is not Vermentino. After years debating the issue, researchers, wine experts and producers in Italy all agree to disagree on the subject. The academicians all apparently believe that Pigato and Vermentino are the same; many of Liguria’s wine producers do not. Being facetious, you might say that’s because the grapes are both Favorita. No, wait: they’re all Piccabon (a wrong attribution: we now know Piccabon is identical to Vernaccia di San Gimignano). And so the story goes on. And on. According to recent genetic testing, however, Piedmont’s Favorita and western Liguria’s Pigato appear to be biotypes of Vermentino, rather than distinct varieties… For the best Pigatos, try: Bruna*** (especially U Baccan, balsamic and rich).” – Ian d’Agata – Native Wine Grapes of Italy

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DB5220-19
Organic
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente "Majè"
2019
Pigato
“Majè,” in the Ligurian dialect, refers to the stone terraces in the area. Sourced from young vines (less than 50 years old) planted in... Read More

DB5222-19
Organic
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente "Le Russeghine"
2019
Pigato
Le Russeghine is the first-known single-vineyard Pigato from Liguria, which Riccardo Bruna first produced in 1972.  It is a selection of... Read More

DB5224-18
Organic
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente "U Baccan"
2018
Pigato
EXTREMELY LIMITED! This is a severe selection of 50-70+ year old Pigato vines mainly from the red clay "Le Russeghine" vineyard as... Read More

DB5225-19
Organic
Vermentino Riviera Ligure di Ponente
2019
Vermentino
With the first vintage released in 2016, this is a new wine for Bruna. It comes from young vines in the Garaxin vineyard in Pogli... Read More

DB7342-19
Organic
Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente
2019
Rossese
EXTREMELY LIMITED!   100% Rossese, vineyards in the village of Ortovero, principally in the ‘Canei’ zone. Poor, sandy alluvial... Read More

DB5221-19
Organic
Colline Savonesi Rosso "Bansìgu"
2019
Red blend
Bansìgu means see-saw and the children’s drawing on the label is indicative. A field blend of local varieties, including 70% Granaccia.... Read More

DB5223-17
Organic
Colline Savonesi Rosso "Pulin"
2017
Red blend
EXTREMELY LIMITED. This wine features the local Granaccia (70%), along with Syrah (20%) and Barbera (10%) from vines planted... Read More