Miru’ name dates back to 1500... in old writings of that era, a winemaking family in Ghemme area was mentioned from the fraction Arlunno, called Miru’. Most recent story is from 900; grandpa Pietro was well known winemaker; then the industrialization and twoWorld Wars gutted demand to almost nothing. His son Eugenio dedicated his life to restore viticulture. In the 90’s Bruna Zecchinato has raised the bar of what this amazing producing area has become. In 2009 her nephew, Marco Arlunno, took over. 20 acres (8 hectares) are now owned, including some of the most precious vineyards in Ghemme area like Cavenago, Rossini and Carelle. Grapes are Nebbiolo, of course, as well as Vespolina and Uva Rara for reds and Erbaluce for whites. Traditional winemaking means no shortcut is taken. Their Ghemme takes usually 10 years to be released (Riserva even more). It is worth the wait.
‘All our wines are produced by grapes from our vineyards without use of pesticides. We use viticulture practices that are in line with sustainability; grass mowing, no systemic or pesticides, we monitor harmful insects and we trap them only if absolutely necessary. In that case we act by releasing insects that are antagonistic to the ones that are spreading out so we can rebalance the environment. At the cellar we work with native yeast without using any winemaking enhancer (albumin gelatins, arabic gum, enzymes and all modern tricks). We either use some stainless for first fermentation but mainly we prefer to have the wines in casks (no barriques or tonneaux) so they can balance themselves over time. We avoid sulfite use. We prefer to use during racking and at bottling a gas like argon or nitrogen, which are creating a barrier to oxidation but they do not get into the wine.’ Marco Arlunno
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