Fattoria La Rivolta Falanghina 2017
Falanghina, from the Greek-Latin word "falango", or "Pole". The characteristic of Campania's viticulture is that of the "Vine bound to a pole".
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Fattoria La Rivolta is in Torrecuso, in the province of Benevento in the Contrada Rivolta. Since 1998, the grapes produced in vineyards are vinified inside a beautiful stone farmhouse, renovated and restored with taste and love. It was equipped with the most suitable equipment for vinification, and is constantly changing and evolving.
The Cotroneo family has always been committed in various professional and entrepreneurial fields; from banking to industry to construction, from medical and pharmaceutical to hydrotherapy.
In the early 1900s, from the passion of grandparents John and Teresa the farm was born. Joining forces and becoming new lands in the districts Ciurica, Revolt and Roseto, gave life to one of the largest and most productive farms in the province of Benevento.
Following their passing over 120 hectares were distributed among the eight children. In 1991, brothers Mario and Bruno united their lands in common management; thus Ciurrica s.n.c. was born. Since 1997, by the passion of Paulo, a member of the third generation, it has marked a turning point in the quality of the vineyard and projected towards the goal of transforming for the first time the grapes into wine, in order to enter the fascinating world of marketing.
The land is hilly and calcareous-clayey in nature. Approximately 29 hectares are planted with vines. Since 1997, they have been cultivated using biological methods. By the 2001 harvest all the grapes produced on the farm are organic certified by ICEA.
The grapes all belong to the DOC Taburno or Sannio. The new vineyard was planted around vertical trellis with guyot pruning system or cordon pruning. The grapes harvested on the farm are, white Falanghina, Coda di Volpe, Fiano and Greco; red grapes are Aglianico and Piedirosso.
A winemaking renaissance is underfoot in Campania as more and more small, artisan and family-run wineries redefine their style with vineyard improvements and cellar upgrades. The region boasts a cool Mediterranean climate with extreme coastal, as well as high elevation mountain terroirs. It is cooler than one might expect in Campania; the region usually sees some of the last harvest dates in Italy.
Just south of Mount Vesuvio, the volcanic and sandy soils create aromatic and fresh reds based on Piedirosso and whites, made from Coda di Volpe and Falanghina. Both reds and whites go by the name, Lacryma Christi, meaning the "tears of Christ." South of Mount Vesuvio, along the Amalfi Coast, the white varieties of Falanghina and Biancolella make fresh, flirty, mineral-driven whites, and the red Piedirosso and Sciasinoso vines, which cling to steeply terraced coastlines, make snappy and ripe red wines.
Farther inland, as hills become mountains, the limestone soil of Irpinia supports the whites Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo as well as the most-respected red of the south, Aglianico. Here the best and most age-worthy examples come from Taurasi.
Farther north and inland near the city of Benevento, the Taburno region also produces Aglianico of note—called Aglianico del Taburno—on alluvial soils. While not boasting the same heft as Taurasi, these are also reliable components of any cellar.
Thriving throughout Campania, Falanghina grows widely throughout the region and plays a key role in many regional blends. Along the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the local grapes, Verdeca, Coda di Volpe and Greco take well to its addition. On the Amalfi Coast, it is added to Biancolella as well as Greco. Around Avellino, it can be made into single varietal versions. Somm Secret—Thought to be an ancient transplant from Greece, the grape takes its name from the Greek word, phalanga, meaning stake or pole, in reference to the Greek method of training vines to single stakes.