“As grown in the volcanic ‘tuff’ of central Campania, the Fiano grape is one of Italy’s most noble white varieties. This example from Vadiaperti is a concentrated, brightly aromatic taste of southern Italian sunshine.”
Wine-world tastemakers have traditionally banished Italian whites to the proverbial corner, categorizing them as innocuous refreshers. But Italian white wine continues to grow exponentially more interesting. The cream has begun to rise to the top, as vintners isolate the varieties and terroirs best-suited to genuinely great white wine. It so happens that two such grapes/places are in the southern region of Campania, which is not merely the cradle of ancient viticulture but a place with two of Italy’s greatest white grapes: Fiano and Greco. Both thrive in Campania’s cool, hilly Irpinia region, in soils of mineral-rich, compacted volcanic ‘tuff’—tufo in Italian, so fundamental to Irpinia wine culture that it is the name of a town, and, in turn, a denomination of origin (Greco di Tufo). Today’s superb Fiano di Avellino (also named for a village of origin) demands a place on the world stage: It’s an aromatic, un-oaked white with nice mid-palate texture supported by vibrant freshness. Notes of wildflower honey, meyer lemon, wild herbs, and pine nuts make it a great choice for bold seafood preparations.
- SoilVolcanic Tuff over Limestone
- Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Whites
- PairingBucatini ai Frutti di Mare