In northern Italy, a real underground wine

He made his career in the quarrying business, but Mauro Camusso always had wine in his blood. Now he has brought the two strands together in the production of a champagne-style sparkling wine that he finishes deep in the bowels of a disused mineral mine. Located in the foothills of the Italian Alps, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Turin, the Val Germanasca mine produced talc, the material used to make talcum powder, up until the mid-1990s. And now it has found a new role thanks to Camusso deciding to pick up where his winemaker grandfather left off and get into the business. Camusso, owner of an estate called L'Autin (little vine in local dialect), only planted his first grapes -- including parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir -- in 2010 and made his first wines from grapes harvested in 2013.

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