This small estate is located in the prestigious Terra di Lavoro district on the foothills of the Roccamonfina volcano. "
Poderi Foglia Concabianco 2009
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On the organic vineyards in Conca a classic Falanghina DOC is produced and rounded of by the maximum of allowed percentage of Pallagrello Bianco grown in the same vineyards, adding a fatter and exotic sensation to the mid palate. Here in Conca the volcanic soils are of higher calcareous content, with significant overlay of maritime sediments, yielding a fragrant and exotic version of Falanghina in this all stainless steel wine.
The Wine Advocate - "The estate's 2009 Falanghina Concabianco is marvelous. Clean, minerally notes frame expressive white peaches, flowers, mint and ash, all of which come together in grand style. The finish is focused yet rich and textured. Simply put, everything is perfectly balanced in this fine, pedigreed white. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.
Poderi Foglia Winery
The northern tip of the Campania is the extreme rural 'Terre di Lavoro' region. Considered a fortunate location, this fertile and sunny land is generous and offers a plentiful harvest. Around the village of Conca the Galluccio DOC is developing, bringing back to life some of the best vineyards known to the Romans. Here the owners of Vestini Campagano have decided to make a home to their research into campania varieties and identified the Galluccio as the most precious among all Campania winegrowing regions.
This recently acquired land has been replanted to 4 Campania varieties by the Barletta family, equipped by a very functional modern cellar and staffed with a young enthusiastic team under the guidance of Luigi and Amadeo Barletta. View all Poderi Foglia Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.