From Champagne to Piedmont
Fernand Thill Champagne
Fernand Thill's is an interesting Champagne house, whose history dates back to the 19th century. The Thill family, originally from Luxembourg, moved to France at the beginning of the 1800s, to Verzy, and bought some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in the municipalities of Verzy and Verzenay, two of the seventeen Grand Crus of Champagne. The history of the winery begins in 1953, when Fernand Thill began selling the Champagne produced under his own label. Today the winery is managed by the second daughter Marie-Thérèse, who as a true récoltant-manipulant works exclusively with her own grapes. Fernand Thill's cellar is located in the historic Montagne de Reims region, home of the most renowned Champagne Grand Crus, known throughout the world for their expressive power. The Verzy terroir is one of a kind: the oceanic and harsh climate, the modest rainfall and the chalky soil capable of draining water and reflecting sunlight ensure perfect ripening of the grapes. It is here that Fernand Thill's four prestigious labels are born, all dosed as "Brut". Fernand Thill's Champagnes are authentic and sincere and tell the story of the extraordinary beauty of this territory in every sip.
Matteo Correggia, Piedmont:
When Matteo Correggia inherits the family farm in 1985, the viticulture boom was far away and fruit and vegetables were grown to the left of the Tanaro river, alongside the vines from which wines were made for a few close friends. Today, the Matteo Correggia farm produces a wide range of wines with the grapes produced from 20 hectares of directly managed vineyards. From the lands exposed to the south, between Santo Stefano Roero and Canale, come the bunches of Nebbiolo and Barbera from which the Val dei Preti and Marun are obtained, while it is the cooler slopes that give body to the fruit of the arneis and the brachetto. The steep and large vineyard overlooking the uncontaminated "Rocche" gives the Roero Riserva Ròche d'Ampsèj depth and richness.