Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola seek out old vineyards in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania. They champion and preserve the region’s native varietals, old vines and an age old way of tending them. The vines are set at altitude and are planted over the region’s vibrant volcanic soils. Vineyard work is done by hand, organically and a combination of great farming and low yields results in healthy, characterful fruit. In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting this terroir express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months. Wines are raised in a combination of terracotta amphorae and large casks made from local woods and are bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all. The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place.
This is Greco from one of the highest vineyards in Campania at 650 metres above sea level. It spends six days on skins, before a year of ageing in old barrels of chestnut, mulberry and acacia. From soils of tufo with a high percentage of sulphur, as always this is a savoury, complex wine with real structure and a pronounced scent of smoke.
*Please note that this is the 2012 vintage of this wine and has now taken on a much deeper amber colour than the 2016, which we also have available. The tasting notes are veering towards the way one might describe a fine aged Lambic beer; the acidity has taken on a tartness which might not be for everyone... but for those who like to walk on the wild side, here is a great opportunity to see what a bit of age can do to these wonderful wines.