From seventy five year old vines planted with a rare kind of Coda di Volpe some 500 metres above sea level. This spent two days on skins, before being pressed off to a mix of sandstone amphorae and chestnut casks for élevage. A little more open and fruit forward than recent vintages, this really impresses with a cascade little red fruits, blood orange and spice.
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.