2018 Cantine Valpane “Euli”
Region: Barbera del Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: 100% Grignolino
Style: Unfined / Unfiltered / Sustainable / Native Yeast
The name “Euli” comes from the name of a Longobard tribe that once inhabited the area where the Grignolino vineyard is now. The tribe was called “Ueel Waigkika”, which in the contemporary German language was written Euli-iup-pina: euli = owl, pina = high/above, Iupi = Jove, so “the owl that is higher than Jove.” There are now owls living in the rafters at Valpane, and so the name is a nod to them. This wine is a combination of spices like nutmeg and clove backed by a tart cherry profile. A stylish red for those looking for something a bit more light-hearted than Nebbiolo.