Winemaker: Peter Weimer
Purely expressive of grape and soil, these are some of the most character-laden Piedmontese wines we’ve ever been lucky enough to taste. Our visit to their home and winery in 2012 was eye-opening and thoroughly hospitable, and lasted over 7 hours!
Peter Weimer and Romy Gygax purchased the property known as Cascina Ebreo (‘The Jewish Farm’) in Novello, in 1991. Two years later, they left their home and their former careers (engineering and banking) in Switzerland to take up permanent residence at their house on the Ravera hill above Barolo.
They pulled out the existing vines and replanted their 2.1 hectares of vineyards with Nebbiolo (1.1 ha), Barbera (0.6 ha), and, uncommonly for the area, a little bit (0.4 ha) of Sauvignon Blanc.
In 1996, their first vintage, only a Barbera (Segreto) was produced. With the 1997 vintage, Torbido! was born. Produced entirely from Nebbiolo grown on the estate, Peter submitted a bottle to the tasting panel for DOCG approval. The panel deemed his wine very fine quality but too cloudy (torbido) to meet with the "typicity" for Barolo. Though offered to submit another sample, Weimer rebelled, instead choosing to declassify the wine to Vina da Tavola status and name it Torbido! — a decision they have steadfastly and happily stuck with ever since.
Farming on the estate is entirely organic, with application of some biodynamic practices as seen fit. All of Peter and Romy's wines are fermented on their native yeasts and bottled without fining or filtration; the only thing ever added throughout the entire process is a small quantity of sulfur dioxide. Even their corks are untreated, and originate in Sardinia.
The following wines are currently available :
2006 Segreto (Barbera)
2000 Segreto (Barbera)
2005 Torbido! (Nebbiolo)
2000 Torbido! (Nebbiolo)
1999 Torbido! (Nebbiolo)