Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2019
Straw yellow that contains brilliant green reflections. Floral notes, like white blossoms, and delicate apple and pear. Medium intensity, crisp minerality, with hints of spice, light almond and a slightly bitter orange peel character. The pretty floral notes and soft fruit flavors are fresh through the finish in perfect balance with the mouthwatering acidity.
Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in Sorbo Serpico, a tiny village in Campania’s Irpinia region, by the Capaldo and Ercolino families. Following an earthquake in 1980 that caused large destruction, the family wanted to assist in the town’s reconstruction by investing in the community and its wine culture. Irpinia is known for having many different climates, soils, and hills that contribute to a large diversity within the grapes. The winery has many vineyards, with each of the vineyard producing different expressions of the grapes, and the winery focuses on interpreting all the variables to understand which grapes are best suited for each wine. These wines showcase a sense of place and the versatility of the indigenous varietals of Irpinia and the region of Campania. Feudi di San Gregorio has partnered and invested in many research projects to develop the local varietals with a great focus on sustainability. The winery became a Benefit Company in May 2021 with the aim of safeguarding and promoting the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Irpinian territory. They are committed to local and global sustainability with the use of solar energy, zero carbon footprint corks, water recycling and use of sustainable agriculture in the vineyards. In August 2021, Feudi di San Gregorio obtained the Equalitas Certification in Italy, promoting sustainability in the wine industry and offering the best guarantee for consumers. Finally, in June 2022, Feudi di San Gregorio achieved B-Corp status – allowing the winery to be a positive force for the environment and community by creating an evolving relationship with suppliers and customers. The certification identifies companies that operate in accordance with the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and responsibility, to generate a positive impact on their employees the community and the environment.
Today, Chairman Antonio Capaldo carries on the tradition to nurture this region’s unique, indigenous varietals through in-depth knowledge of the terroir – ultimately shaping the future of the wine region. The estate has 740+ acres of vineyards, made up of over 800 plots with varying altitudes and exposure. Feudi di San Gregorio is known for their ancient vines, some up to 200 years old, using the ancient pergola training system, which survived the phylloxera spread of 1910, allowing Irpinia to become a distinct and treasured wine growing region in Italy.
In 2001, the Capaldo family decided to embark on the project of building a new winery: a one-of-a-kind space that combines their taste for tradition with their contemporary vision. For such a multi-faceted and complex project, the family worked with internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Hikaru Mori. Hikaru was entrusted with the difficult task of giving architectural unity to the pre-existent structures that had been developed over the years.
The new winery was inaugurated in 2004, reflecting Feudi di San Gregorio’s wish to blend its long-standing tradition with a futuristic architectural project. The structure has minimal environmental impact and vast gardens. At the center of the winery is the Marennà Restaurant (Michelin Star since 2009) – a restaurant dedicated to a contemporary reinterpretation of the typical local cuisine of Campania and Irpinia. The winery calls it "a gastronomic laboratory" where local Irpinian ingredients are carefully sourced by their Chef, Roberto Allocca. The Marennà was the name of the frugal, but no less important, meal consumed by workers in the fields, often eaten outdoors and followed by a good glass of wine.
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.