TAURASI DOCG

The wine with a controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin “Taurasi” is obtained from grapes from vineyards made up of the Aglianico vine. Aglianico is a vine of great tradition, probably originating in Greece and introduced in Italy in the VII-VI century a. C. Uncertain etymology: some refer to the Greek origin of the vine (Hellanic or Hellenic), others to the ancient city of Elea / Velia (Eleanico). The most famous wines of ancient Rome were mainly obtained from Aglianico grapes. Il Porta (1592) identified the Hellenic vines with the ancient Helvolae described by Pliny and Columella. The original name (Ellenico or Ellanico) according to some became Aglianico during the Aragonese denomination, during the fifteenth century. The environmental and cultivation conditions of the vineyards used for the production of “Taurasi” wine must be the traditional ones of the production area and in any case suitable for conferring specific quality characteristics to the grapes and the derived wine. The reds of Orneta are produced with Aglianico grapes from about 13 hectares of vineyards located in the countryside of Fontanarosa, Montefalcione, Paternopoli about 500 meters above sea level. The Mesozoic soil integrated with the volcanic contributions of Vesuvius, due to its permeability and its richness in potassium, produces grapes full of polyphenols and acids that give complexity and longevity to the wine. Conservation and aging are carried out according to traditional methods and in any case in such a way as not to change the characteristics of the wine.

GRECO DI TUFO DOCG

Greco is a vine imported from Thessaly and first spread on Vesuvius and then in Irpinia. The grape, formerly called Aminea twin because it develops many double bunches, according to Pliny, Virgilio and Columella, gave a white wine with great aging capacity. The confirmation of the millennial origin of this vine is given by the discovery in Pompei of a fresco dating back to the first century. to. C., in which Greek wine is mentioned. The Greco di Tufo area is located in a hinge zone between the Irpinia and the Sannio, rich in luxuriant hill slopes. The soils are of volcanic origin, while the particular gypsum and sulphifera conformation of the municipalities forming part of the DOCG is due to the Miocene period, with the hilly area made up entirely of tufa banks. The particular characteristics of these soils, rich in minerals and the strong presence of potassium and magnesium, as well as favoring the vegetative activity of the vine, contribute to making the wine acquire intense aromas and thick, continuous and sweet aromas.

FIANO DI AVELLINO DOCG

The origins of Fiano are controversial. The vine is probably of Roman origin, since it was called Latin. About the etymology, according to Pliny – later quoted by Columella -, the name derives from Apianus, that is from Apiane grapes, whose sweetness particularly attracted bees. The first certain evidence dates back to the twelfth century. The wine was dear to the great emperor Frederick II of Swabia who recommended its purchase in Campania. It was also appreciated by Charles of Anjou, who wanted 16,000 vines in one of his royal vineyards in Manfredonia. At about 600 meters height s.l.m. in lands of sandstones and brecciole alternating with marls covered with pyroplastic materials coming from the Flegrei and then from Vesuvio, the Fiano di Avellino di Orneta is born in the countryside of Candida and Montefalcione (5.41 ha).

IRPINIA AGLIANICO DOC

Aglianico is a vine of great tradition, probably originating in Greece and introduced in Italy in the VII-VI century a. C. Uncertain etymology: some refer to the Greek origin of the vine (Hellanic or Hellenic), others to the ancient city of Elea / Velia (Eleanico). The most famous wines of ancient Rome were mainly obtained from Aglianico grapes. Il Porta (1592) identified the Hellenic vines with the ancient Helvolae described by Pliny and Columella. The original name (Ellenico or Ellanico) according to some became Aglianico during the Aragonese denomination, during the fifteenth century. The reds of Orneta are produced with Aglianico grapes from about 13 hectares of vineyards located in the countryside of Fontanarosa to Monte, Montefalcione to Fortuna, Paternopoli to Nocelleto at about 500 meters above sea level. The Mesozoic soil integrated with the volcanic contributions of Vesuvius, due to its permeability and its richness in potassium, produces grapes full of polyphenols and acids that give complexity and longevity to the wine.

CAMPANIA FALANGHINA IGT

Falanghina is a white grape vine, already known in Roman times. It was probably the Roman merchants who imported this grape from Greece, spreading its cultivation in the Center and in the South. In fact, it seems that the name of the variety Falanghina derives from the Latin “phalangae”, that is “tied to the pole” for the ancient cultivation system with which the vine was grown. On the other hand, Greek viticulture compared to the Latin one did not foresee the use of the stake as a guardian of the vine stocks. The nobility of the vine is also evidenced by the presence of a “Falanghina” in the Royal Botanical Garden of Naples. In the thirties, Falanghina is included among the best Italian vines, so much to hope for its diffusion in the South to improve production. Today the Falanghina in Campania is experiencing a moment of renewed rediscovery and enhancement.