Roussillon, France

Vinyer de la Ruca

Elio 2022 [1L]



Elio 2022 [1L]
Roussillon, France

Grenache and Mourvèdre from a twenty year old vineyard high in the hills above Collioure. The vines are planted on a steep north facing slope some three hundred metres above sea level, which lends great freshness. The grapes are crushed by foot and after a week are pressed off to a single old barrel until the following spring. A wine of striking depth and intensity, that marries gorgeous sun-kissed fruits, black olive and brine.

Grenache, Mourvèdre


Vinyer de la Ruca is the project of Manuel Di Vecchi Staraz, a young guy from Tuscany who looks after old vines of Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre a few hundred metres from the Mediterranean in the Pyrénées.

The fruit grows wild on sheer shale terraces along walls of dry stone. It is battered by wind from the sea and soaked in Mediterranean sun. The vines are tended without machines or chemicals, by hand and mule.

Crops are low, grapes are crushed by foot, de-stemmed by hand and fermented naturally and the wines are bottled with no additions at all. Manuel’s wines from this site have a concentration and intensity of flavour that is thrillingly unique.

In recent years, Manuel has joined up with some friends to make another collection of wines from organic vineyards under the name Tutti Frutti Ananas. As the name suggests, these wines, though made in the same spirit, are the kind of easygoing, breezy wines that the guys like drinking day to day.