Ortrugo is a Colli Piacentini DOC wine made from the vine of the same name.
The Ortrugo vine is an autochthonous type and is widespread throughout the territory: initially it was cultivated and used as a blending grape and only from the 1970s onwards, at the behest of local winegrowers, was it vinified. Today Ortrugo is the most popular white wine in the Piacenza area. It is characterised by its light straw colour, together with its delicate aroma and dry, sweetish, quiet and lively flavour.
Ortrugo DOC Colli Piacentini is produced in the following versions: sparkling Ortrugo, still Ortrugo and sparkling Ortrugo.
Among the white wines of the Colli Piacentini, Ortrugo is undoubtedly the most characteristic of the area. Its name derives from the expression "altruga" or "artruga", which in Piacenza dialect means "the other grape": in fact, in the past, it was vinified together with other white grapes and almost never on its own. Thanks to the farsightedness of some producers, who began to vinify Ortrugo on their own, it was rediscovered as a wine at the beginning of the 1970s and today it is enjoying considerable success even outside its territory of origin. This renewed interest allowed Ortrugo to obtain the Controlled Denomination of Origin at the beginning of the 1980s: Ortrugo is mainly sold as a sparkling and spumante wine, but recently the still version has also found great favour with the public.
It has a light straw colour tending towards greenish, a delicate and characteristic flavour, with a dry bitterish aftertaste. Served at the ideal temperature of about 9°C, it is excellent as an aperitif or as a wine for the whole meal. It goes well with lean starters, dry pasta dishes and risottos with sauces and vegetables.
Colour: pale straw yellow tending towards greenish.
Smell: delicate, characteristic.
Taste: with a dry, bitterish aftertaste.
Alcohol content: 11°.