Sophia, Cantina Giardino 2019

Cantina Giardino


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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.

Greco from the same vineyard as T’ara rà, planted at elevation in Santa Paolina. This spent eleven months on its skins in small terracotta amphorae, before being pressed off to acacia and chestnut casks to rest for a further six months. A deep, hazy shade of amber, this is heavily spiced with firm tannins and would be wonderful alongside some Irpinia’s more rustic dishes, such as rabbit braised with olives, wild herbs and wine.

Producer  Cantina Giardino

Origin Ariano Irpino, Campania, Italy

Grapes Greco

Vintage 2019

Alcohol 11.5% ABV

Style Full body macerated white

Bottle size 750ml 

Winemaking Manual harvested, macerated and aged on skins for 1 year in Amphora, then a further aging of  6 months in large old oak. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.

Notes  Natural, Organic