Province of Cuneo
Established: 2000
Owners: Eric, Paolo, Cristian & Federico
Winemakers: Eric, Paolo, Cristian & Federico
Production: 9000 bottles
Viticulture: Conventional

It was 1am when we stumbled out of a local restaurant with an invitation to visit a local winery. At this hour, are you joking? But to say that the wines made an impact would be an understatement. This is Barbaresco territory, but not as we know it – Nebbiolo Vino Spumante!

Erpacrife is a project founded by four friends – Erik, Paolo, Cristian and Federico – who studied together at the oenological school of Alba and the name unites their first syllables. Their aim was to create fine sparkling wines from grapes that were totally different to those traditionally used. The project began with Nebbiolo and has since expanded to include an incredible and very rare metodo classico Moscato.

Selected Nebbiolo is harvested by hand and stored at zero degrees for twenty days before a brief maceration on skins to impart a strawberry pink hue. Following a soft pressing, the wine is aged in oak for three months followed by a twenty four month in-the-bottle secondary fermentation. There is no dosage, preserving the power and structure so typical of great Nebbiolo. About 400 cases are produced each vintage.

Nebbiolo Spumante IGT