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Rouchet grapes

by | Feb 22, 2017

Rouchet, also referred to as Ruche is considered as a very famous dark-skinned variety of grape from Italy.


This grape is also considered as a variety of Piedmont and is extensively grown in the regions there.

This grape variety is believed to have risen from virtual obscurity as a rarely-recognized and a dark skinned variety of grape that comprises of its very own appellation called Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato.

This appellation gained its status of DOCG in the year 2011. According to the reports, this red wine grape variety is said to have originated from the region of Piedmont, while others have different views in regard to its existence.

This red wine grape variety is extensively used in the production of some of the tasteful red varietal wines apart from all its DOCGs.

At the same time, Rouchet is also used as to the production of several DOCs. It is considered that the status of producing DOCs to this grape variety was granted in the year 1987 by the way of a presidential decree.

Thus, it could be summed up that this red wine grape variety is a very prestigious red wine grape variety in the region where it is grown and known.

Wine grape varieties

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are also sometimes blended in small amounts with Barbera as well as Brachetto.

This blend is made permissible in the DOCG wines. The total content of Rouchet in these wines and DOCGs extend up to 10 percent respectively.

Even after such high status and recognition of this red wine grape variety, the production and plantation of this variety covers only an area up to 100 acres today.

To be more particular, the vines of this grape variety are planted and cultivated around the different regions of Castagnole, Refrancore, Monferrato, Montemagno, Scurzolengo, Viarigi as well as Portacomaro. This grape is also grown to some extent in the areas of the neighboring province of Alessandria.

This red wine grape variety is addressed under a number of synonyms by the locals. The different names of this red wine grape variety are Ruche, Rouche, Ruche as well as Rouche that are spelled and pronounced suing different accents.


There has always been a situation of debate if the origin of this red wine grape variety is taken into regard.

Thus, it entertains a number of theories as to its existence. According to some people, this grape variety of red wines is native to the hills of the northeastern of the town of Asti.

At the same time other people believe it to be a French import that has been imported locally. The origin of this red wine grape variety is ancient.

However, the popularity has multiplied in the recent times only when this red wine grape variety has come into origin.

Some people also claim that this red wine grape variety is indigenous to the Piedmont region or it could have been originated in Burgundy from where it was brought to this region sometime in the 18th century. Thus, the exact status as to the origin of this red wine grape variety is still unknown.


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety could be characterized by a dash of lightness as to their color.

Thus, these wines are not deeply red-colored; however, there are slight hues of red present in them.

These wines are said to be complexly aromatic, very similar to the admirable Nebbiolo that is also produced in the Italian region.

These wines so produced are believed to entertain a good level of acidity in them while the tannins in them are pretty much forceful.

The taste of these wines is considered to be decent as you start sipping on them. But after a while, these wines are mostly characterized by a little bitter aftertaste.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are paired best with the food items such as lentil soup, white sauce pasta and honey tart. These wines also go well with wild mushroom risotto.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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