Cantina Giardino, ‘Tu Tu’ Fiano, 2019Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Fiano (Orange Wine)
Six friends decided to join forces making wine around the mountain town of Irpinia in the coastal southern region of Campania. The focus of Cantina Giardino is reviving old vineyards sites in the area, and putting the spotlight on the local, traditional varieties. The farmers of these sites, locally called contadini, were often in danger of having to leave or uproot their vineyards; Giardino has been making efforts to bring sustainability back to the area. The quirks of their winemaking often stem from the variety of their ageing vessels, which relies on instinct over formula. In the cellar, the wines are created naturally, with small doses of sulphur added. Their labels are pronounced, all designed by local artists.
This Fiano comes from 30 year old vines. Like the rest of their white wines, this one spends a few days on its skins to impart texture and flavor. It is then aged in cherry tree barrels, a unique aging vessel for whites wines. The wine does not receive any additional sulfur.
Pietracupa, Fiano di Avellino 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Winemaker Sabino Loffredo has swiftly created a reputation within and beyond Italy for some of the most exquisite Greco and Fiano wines in Avellino of Campania in the south of Italy. Pietracupa was founded in 1993 by his family, starting as just 3 hectares of vineyards. The vines were chosen with the intent of showcasing the mountainous terrain of Avellino to the world. He produces limited amounts of Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, and Aglianico coming from some of the finest vines in Avellino. Both wine and winemaker share a similar mantra; staying original and faithful to the land with elegance, depth, and minerality. Due to the southern climate of Campania, the wines benefit from longer time on the vine. These coastal wines crave seafood and olive oil based dishes.
Nanni Cope Terre del Volturno Bianco 2018Regular price $55.00 Save $-55.00
Variety: Fiano, Asprinio, and Pallagrello Bianco
Giovanni Ascione used to be a writer with a passion for wine, food, travel and life. As a contributor and critic for guides and magazines, he often got pressure from disagreeable growers because they felt he had no basis for his critiques since he had never made wine. This spurred him later in life to find vines, make wine and a new story began. Starting in 2007, Ascione slowly retrained the old vines located in the vineyard Vigna Sopra il Bosco. Left to go wild for many years, the vines of the Casavecchia varietal look more like trees. Nanni-Copé is one of my favorite producers in all of Italy. When Giovanni shows the wine at local wine fairs he is regularly the center of attention. Production is only 1,000 bottles a year of the white.
Terre del Volturno” is about celebrating the power of Fiano, but still delivers the elegance and minerality expected from Nanni Cope. While the Fiano comes from young vines, the others come from vines a century old. The wine may be white on the outside, but has the soul of a red.
L'Archetipo, Salento Fiano 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Fiano (Orange Wine)
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last, he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
This Fiano hails from the Salento IGP in the region of Puglia, the region encompassing the entire heel of the boot. With biodynamic farming taken from Rudolf Steiner’s teachings, this Fiano used native yeasts for its fermentation, extending its expression of terroir. The juice macerates on its skins for 6-7 days classifying it as an orange wine. It also undergoes 5-6 months of ageing in steel tanks on its lees. This is a wine of expression, yet it’s soft and fresh.