From a small cooperative in the Acerenza area of the remote Basilicata region. Vines are grown on the volcanic soils around the extinct Vulture volcano on altitudes up to 800 metres. This extends the ripening season and maintains high levels of acidity in the grapes, whilst developing bold fruit flavours. Greco and Fiano are considered to be the finest local white grapes of the region.
60% Greco and 40% Fiano.
Grapes are cooled on arrival to the winery and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve the aromatic and fruity qualities of the Greco and Fiano grapes. The wine is then ages on lees in tank for 3 months prior to bottling.
Drink now and over the next 18 months.
Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Acerenza, in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone, in 2008. Alongside is consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, who works with the talented Massimo di Bari; together they have managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in their wines.
According to Alberto, arriving in this beautiful area, isolated and uncontaminated, is almost like stepping back a few centuries in time. It is certainly one of Italy's least explored and poorest regions, which is nevertheless producing some exciting wines.
A fine aperitif, but also works well with all types of salads, either straight - or with fish and shellfish. Attractive accompaniment to a plate of crudités and nice dips, or as a picnic wine.
Suitable for vegetarians.