Estate: Originally beekeepers, Giuseppe Fortunato and his wife Sandra begin winemaking in 2005 on their tiny farm in Pozzuoli, Campi Flegrei, in Campania, southern Italy. The property [purchased by Giuseppe’s father in 1980], is 2 km from the sea and has 2 hectares of ungrafted vines of indigenous Falanghina and Piedirosso. As the land is sandy, volcanic soil, phylloxera was never able to decimate the vines. The Fortunatos additionally lease 2.7 hectares of vines from a relative. They are driven to protect the biodiversity of an area threatened by urban sprawl.
Winemaking: Farming is organic, sustainable and low intervention. Grapes are from vines about 40 years in age in volcanic, sandy, clay and silt soil. Maceration for 45 days, aged for 20 months in stainless steel, followed by an additional 6 months in the bottle before release. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, brown sugar, wildflower and smoky earth. Wild berries and grilled herbs wrap around a volcanic mineral core, framed by silky tannins and fresh acidity. Berries dusted with crushed black peppercorn linger on the smoky finish. Fresh and refined, with a focused character.
95% Piedirosso with “5% ancient varietals”
Campi Flegrei Piedirosso DOP
Bottled by Contrada Salandra
$27 [average price]