Roussillon, France

Vinyer de la Ruca

Kik-Off 2020


Kik-Off 2020
Roussillon, France

This comes from a small parcel of Grenache Gris planted over schist in the hills above Banyuls-sur-Mer. This wine was actually made by Manuel’s assistant Francesco and is a wonderful effort. The fruit spent just a few hours on skins before being pressed off to old barrels for a year of rest. The terroir has lent this wine the most incredible texture. A deep shade of ruby, it is compact and elegant with red fruits and an intense, stony minerality.

Grenache Gris


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.