Azienda Vitivinicola Guglierame
Ormeasco di Pornassio, DOC ‘Sciac-tra’
High in the Maritime Alps of interior Liguria, nestled just 10 kilometers from France and a stones throw from southern Piedmont, is the tiny village of Pornassio, home to the Guglierame family and their unique, historic wines. Pornassio is an ancient village, a gateway passage in the high Alps that has been home to the cultivation of the indigenous Ormeasco grape variety since at least 1299. Descendants of the historic Marquisate-Scarella clans, the Guglierame family is the oldest in this mountain region. Brothers Agostino and Raffaele along with their sister Elisa have been making these wines their entire lives. Their first bottling was in 1958.
The village is perched on steep, terraced hillsides, up to and well over 550 meters above sea level. Ormeasco is a rare sub-variety of Dolcetto, with a morphology that is unique and has adapted to the harsh Alpine growing conditions. The berries are much larger and the harvest is almost an entire month later then the Dolcetto found growing in the Langhe. The Guglierame family holds just 2.5 hectares of estate vines, yet they are the “largest” producer in the region (there are 3, including Guglierame and the local Cantina Sociale). They make two versions of wine, both 100% Ormeasco; a classic and elegant red wine, aged in 25 hL old oak barrels and the rare and exciting Sciac-tra`, which translates to ‘direct-press’ and is an amazing rosato expression of the grape. It is aged in stainless steel and cement and bottled the spring after harvest but is often released a full year after vinification. The vineyards are tended organically and the wines are naturally fermented, basket pressed and aged in the family’s historic cantina.