As one of Italy’s oldest winemaking regions, Campania has a storied reputation for its modern take on a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication. The region boasts a cool Mediterranean climate with extreme coastal, as well as high elevation mountain terroirs. In Irpinia, you find more whites with the changing landscape of mountains and limestone soil like Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo.
The Feudi di San Gregorio wine estate was founded by husband-and-wife team Enzo Ercolino and Mirella Capaldo in the mid-1980s. Known for its volcanic terroir and indigenous grape varieties like Fiano, Aglianico, and Greco di Tufo, which are unique to the region.
Consultant Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s top enologists, works with vineyards spread out over hills of Sorbo Serpico, about an hour from Naples and located near a tiny village by Mount Vesuvius. It’s the unique volcanic, sandstone, and soil of this area that gives the unique terroir that is it known.
The wines are special. It’s not my first time to review several of these wines. The grapes are unique to the region and the process is a mix of modern and Old-World winemaking, resulting in a genuine identity of what it means to live on each vineyard.
I tried several of their white wines from Feudi di San Gregorio. A couple of them really stood out:
- 2020 Greco Di Fufo Feudi di San Gregorio – lots of notes of white flowers, herbs, melon, pear, stone fruit, almond and lemon.
- 2020 Falanghina Feudi Di San Gregorio – notes of apple, lime, almond, pear, spice, and orange.
Both wines were full bodied and had a great balance, nice finish, and great acidity. It shows the reason why the region is known for its diversity of wines from past and present.