Ortrugo is a DOC Colli Piacentini wine made from the grape variety of the same name. The Ortrugo variety is native to the Piacenza territory, where it is widely grown. It was initially used for blending and it was only in the 1970s that local vinegrowers decided to vinify it on its own. Today Ortrugo is the most common white wine in the Piacenza area. It has a light straw-yellow colour, a delicate aroma, a dry or semi-dry taste; still or lively.
Local vinegrowers make three versions of Ortrugo DOC Colli Piacentini: Ortrugo Frizzante (semi-sparkling), Ortrugo Fermo (still) and Ortrugo Spumante (sparkling).
The white wine from Piacenza ‘par excellence’
Ortrugo is undoubtedly the most common and the most distinctive of the Colli Piacentini white wines. It is made from the grape of the same name, which is typical of, and exclusive to, Piacenza. Until a few decades ago it was mainly used for blending (the name comes from “Altruga” or “Artruga” meaning “the other grape” in the Piacenza dialect) and in the past it was vinified together with other white grape varieties and hardly ever on its own. Thanks to the foresight of some producers, who started vinifying Ortrugo on its own, it was rediscovered as a wine in its own right at the start of the 1970s, and still enjoys success today, even outside regional boundaries. This renewed interest led to its attaining the Controlled Designation of Origin at the start of the 1980s. Ortrugo is mainly made as a semi-sparkling and sparkling wine, but recently a still version has become popular with the public.
It has a light straw-yellow colour, tending to greenish; it is delicate and distinctive, with a bitter-dry aftertaste; slightly sparkling, semi-sparkling or sparkling. Serve at 9°C. It is excellent as an aperitif, or throughout a meal; it goes well with light starters, pasta and rice dishes with sauce or vegetables.
Colour: pale straw-yellow tending to greenish.
Aroma: delicate, distinctive.
Flavour: a dry and bitterish aftertaste.
Alcohol content: 11%.