Welcome to Campania
Let us take you on a journey to Campania, Italy
We have tasted over fifty wines to settle on our favourite six.
In ancient Roman times Campania was one of the most favoured wine growing areas of the Empire till Vesuvius erupted and changed everything. Now it’s those same soils, enriched from the lava flow, that have once again made Campania such an important wine growing region.
In this delivery you will find six different grapes from six different regions within Campania. From a light and floral Greco to a brooding Taurasi (that we recommend to decant before breakfast to enjoy at dinner), this is a unique collection to say the least. You will also find tasting notes for each wine, a map of Campania and of course a bag of pasta from one of the oldest artisanal producers in the region – complete with a rustic recipe.
$259 including delivery (retail value – $289).
Some of these wines are made in very small quantities and this selection is limited. Buy today to enjoy over the winter months.
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Six different grapes from six different regions
2015 Salvatore Molettieri Greco di Tufo Campania
Greco is an ancient, light skinned grape variety originally from Greece (hence the name) transplanted pre Roman Empire by the Pelasgians. The name Tufo refers to the the village where it traditionally grows and also the rock on which the village was built. The Molettieri nest vineyards at 550 meters altitude in Avellino, are perfect for ripening Greco, with cooler temperatures allowing full sunshine to the vines without overheating. The genius is that this Greco has a strong fruity and floral personality whilst still remaining refreshing and crisp.
2015 Vadiaperti Coda di Volpe
Coda di Volpe means ‘the tail of the fox’ and refers to the long bushy bunches of grapes the variety produces. Vadiaperti has been dedicated to reviving this almost extinct ancient grape variety. Now the winery is safely in the hands of the son Raphael, the wines are being lifted to an even higher level of focus. Grown on high altitude volcanic Vesuvius soils, the large thick skinned berries produce a distinct golden-yellow wine. This wine has great stone fruit aromatics with a deliciously a powerful edge of spicy and savoury flavours as well (my notes say dried salami skin). Ultimately this wine is crying out for food in a true Italian way, some burrata cheese or chargrilled octopus should do the job. The tip is don’t chill this wine too much – think cool rather than cold and then all will be revealed.
2016 Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino
Ciro Picariello planted his tiny seven hectare estate in 1990, on clay and volcanic soils in the heart of Campania’s white grape region of Avellino among the Irpinian hills. He, his wife and son work ‘naturally’ in the vineyard, the treatment in the cellar and SO2 is minimal. Yes this is risky winemaking but Ciro knows what he’s doing and the wines are always expressive and clean. This wine has a classic Fiano nose, fresh hay, white flowers, hazelnuts and a touch of flint. Bright crunchy green apples on the palate and heaps of complexity to keep you entertained. Fiano is one of the most age worthy white wines in Italy and will last 10-15 years, holding its own against old school age worthy French wines.
2015 De Falco Piedirosso Lacryma C. Vesuvio Rosso Piedirosso Campania
The legend goes that God wept when he found a corner of Heaven stolen by Satan and where his tears fell, there grew the grapes that make Lacryma. Produced from 100% Piedirosso grapes, at the base of Vesuvius, this is truly a unique offering. Winemakers are undaunted by the smouldering giant above them: volcanic soils, elevation and breezes from the Bay of Naples – that’s all terroir to these guys. Ruby red in colour, lively and with hints of gun smoke and christmas cake aromatics. Crisp bodied, its finish is dry yet approachable, dangerously drinkable.
2011 Casavecchia Erta dei Ciliegi Terre del Volturno
The story goes that within an abandoned farmhouse 45 km north of Naples was found a single ancient grape vine thought lost to the locals, and cuttings were taken and grafted to produce a new vine – and so Casavecchia (old house) was reborn. Casavecchia wine is intensely dark in colour almost blue red, bold, earthy, structured and in its youth has more than its fair share of fierce tannins. This example is a 2011 where the bottle age has allowed the wine to mellow its tannins and relax into a happy drinking place. Let a bottle of Casavecchia do its job with a simple sausage and tomato pasta, and I’m sure that you too will be happy about the rediscovery of this ancient varietal.
2011 Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico di Taurasi
The wine style that is Taurasi, is made from the grape varietal Aglianico and is often referred to as the Barolo of the South and is famed for their larger than life personalities. Taurasi wines are full bodied, bold and require time in the bottle and glass to soften their edges. Feudi San Gregorio is a producer at the forefront of revitalizing the Avellino hills and is affirming its place among the Italian winemaking elite with 24 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri awards. Just remember that this wine will need decanting over several hours and the table set to enjoy some of your favourite roasted meats.
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