Bio Vio Marene Pigato 2017
BIO VIO is an unspoken legend in the small, impressive and magical Northern seaside region of Liguria. A land often struck by landslides, low yields, missed vintages and tough labor. Liguria is a Sommelier favorite and one of Italy's best kept secrets. Overall the region has very low production volumes, due to the extremely steep and impossible terrain. Everything is done by hand, everything is extremely old-school farming. The family run winery of BIO VIO is located in the town of Albenga, known as the "jewel wine village" of this region and producing the best quality grapes. Among the first if not the first to produce wine here through biological organic agriculture (hence the name...), Aimone Giobatta Vio tends to the 30+ year old vines and minimal intervention winemaking with the help of his 2 daughters. The winery produces the 3 classical and traditional Ligurian varietal wines : Vermentino, pigato and the rare red gem rossese.
The Bio Vio pigato is a superbly classic example of the most indigenous varietal of the region. From the Albenga subzone of the Western Riviera of Liguria, noted as the best for this grape and labelled as such, the Pigato from Bio Vio is a structural evolution of the vermentino. Fuller bodied with slightly more fruit forwardness than its counterpart and capable of pairing with more structured seafood dishes as well as the classic "pasta al pesto". This classic pigato is produced from vines at an average age of 30-40 and is 100% stainless steel, fermented using only native yeasts and organic viticultural practices. Limited amounts are produced each year.