The name Crotin 1897 refers to all the years Daniela’s land has been in her family. She met her Calabrian husband in veterinary school--they both practice natural medicine for animals--and their three boys grew up in Calabria, by the sea. Going back home to make organic wine from the native grapes of Piemonte has been a family affair. Now grown, the three Russo brothers, Federico, Marcello and Corrado, work together, managing the vineyards, the cellar, and the B&B in their charming family home. Besides touring the small cantina, visitors to the estate can walk through Daniela’s large vegetable garden, meet Federico’s award-winning hunting dogs, and observe the neighbor’s small flock of sheep ambling home in the waning daylight.
Tucked away in the rolling Monferrato hills, near the village of Maretto, Crotin is a testament to the Asti region’s rustic mix of vineyards, forests and farms. “Rustic” isn’t the right word for Crotin’s wines, however, not with winemaking of such consistent high quality that the monovarietal bottles sing with varietal typicity. The family’s devotion to the indigenous varieties of the region is clear, as new projects work to rescue grapes that have nearly died out. Each vineyard possesses a unique, fascinating geological profile, and each of these honest wines has an exceptional value.
Crotin translates to “little cellar” in Piemonte dialect.
Total vineyard size 24 acres. First vintage in 2002. Organic transition started in 2014, in 2018 they became certified organic in Italy. Total annual production: 40,000 bottles/ 3,333 cases.
“Nautilus” Spumante Extra Brut Rosé NV
"Camporotondo" Vino Bianco Malvasia Skin Contact
"Cheskin Cisi" PIemonte DOC Barbera
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato Monterosso DOC
“San Patelu” Grignolino d’Asti DOC
“Aris” Freisa d’Asti DOC
“La Martina” Barbera d’Asti DOCG
"Cisero" Freisa d'Asti Superiore DOC