The Timorasso Derthona Colli Tortonesi DOC Claudio Mariotto is produced with a selection of the best grapes which are hand-harvested at the end of September/beginning of October. After a soft pressing, the must goes through a spontaneous ferment in stainless steel. One year of aging on the lees and at least 6 months in bottle before release.
Derthona takes the Roman name from which the city of Tortona was called.
Founded in the 1920s’ by great-grandfather Bepi, Claudio Mariotto’s family have been making wine in the Tortona hills of Piedmont for generations. Today the winery is run and managed by Claudio, with the help of his partner Rossana, his brother Marco and his mother Piera. They have 100 hectares of land, 50 of which are planted with vines. Located in the municipalities of Tortona and Sarezzano, they work solely with native grape varieties, including Freisa, Croatina, and Barbera, but their real focus, their passion, and the majority of their production is dedicated to Timorasso. Once on the verge of extinction, Timorasso is a native Piedmontese varietal, which thanks to producers like Claudio Mariotto, is more recently seeing a revival in plantings and popularity. Claudio conducted thorough research into how to manage this notoriously difficult varietal, and in turn has become a benchmark producer of this varietal, producing authentic wines, with lots of personality.