The story of Gnavi winery is inextricably bound to Caluso and its morainic hills, where the heart and soul of Erbaluce grape and vine are to be found. Our family name is as native as our wines: a tale of local expertise and traditions that have been handed down from father to child. It all started at the end of the 19th Century, with the foundation of a family-owned carter business that, apart from dealing with goods transport, specialized in growing vines. It was Cavalier Giovanni who set up this enological undertaking. Being aware of the quality of his products, in the 1950s, he started selling the fruit of his vines’ relentless work. Soon Gnavi family name became synonymous with excellent wines and the business stood out as one of the most important Caluso Passito producers.
In the 1990s, the baton passed on to Cavalier Giovanni’s sons, Carlo and Guglielmo, who introduced new features, achieving the perfect union between tradition and innovation that distinguishes our winery. Nowadays, Carlo has remained the only heir and keeper of his father’s expertise: working with his nephew Giorgio, he harvests the grapes and vinifies them by his own hands, giving birth to every single Erbaluce variety Gnavi winery produces. Our story is thus brought to your table, with the traditional and fresh Erbaluce di Caluso Cav. Giovanni, the distinctive and deep Caluso Passito Revej or the novel and peculiar Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante Turbante.
The name “Erbaluce” evokes all the beauty of this vine, which features grapes as shiny and bright as the colors of dawn. When ripe, these grapes acquire shades that range from copper to coral pink to orange. This is how Giovan Battista Croce (the jeweler of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy) described Erbaluce in 1606:
Elbalus è una bianca detta come Albaluce perché biancheggiando risplende: fa li grani rotondi, folti e copiosi, ha il guscio o sia scorza dura, matura diviene rostita, e colorita, e si mantiene in su le piante assai; è buona da mangiare, e a questo fine si conserva: fa li vini buoni e stomacali.
“Elbalus is a white grape also named Albaluce (light of dawn) for it dimly shines: its berries are round, thick and full, its skin is tough, when ripe it becomes auburn and lasts long on the vine; its taste is pleasant and that’s why folks grow it: its wines are delicious and satisfying”.
Erbaluce vines are planted and grown exclusively in the Canavese area, which lies in Piedmont and is characterized by morainic hills and a mild weather. The main Erbaluce wine-producing centre is Caluso. Erbaluce grapes feature noticeable acidity, high sapidity and pleasant sweetness. These distinctive traits stem from both the soil, rich in highly complex glacial granite debris, and the hand of man, which devised an exclusive farming system named topia (pergola) canavesana. The expert local producers’ efforts allow Erbaluce to express its multifaceted nature, giving birth to three different wines: a dry white wine, with fresh and sapid taste, a sophisticated sparkling Spumante and a sublime straw Passito, unique and persistent. Erbaluce was the first Piedmontese white wine to ever obtain, in 1967, the D.O.C. (Controlled Designation of Origin) label and one of the first to obtain the D.O.C.G. (Controlled Designation of Origin Guaranteed) label in 2010.
ERBALUCE DI CALUSO GNAVI
ERBALUCE DI CALUSO SPUMANTE GNAVI
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