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Details for Feudi di San Gregorio 'Cutizzi' Greco di Tufo


CountryItaly
Region
AppellationGreco di Tufo DOCG
Grape
Year2015
Producer
Feudi di San Gregorio
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ABV13%


Campania

Rustic Campania (its name means ‘countryside’) forms the lower shin of Italy.  It lies on the west coast, south of Lazio (Rome’s province) and north of even more rustic Calabria, the fore-foot.
 
At the coast there is Naples, Capri and Amalfi; inland the Apennines rise so high that there is even a ski resort.  Most of the vineyards are nearer the latter, which perhaps explains why the region is better known for its whites than its reds.
 
These come from a raft of local varieties; the international grapes have made little headway here.  Avellino province, home to the ski resort, is also the heartland for most of the wines: the crisp, full-bodied and minerally Greco; the more delicate, nutty and fragrant Fiano; and the leafy, orange-citrus-flavoured Falanghina.  Both Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino are DOCG.
 
Just to the east of those white DOCGs lies one for the region’s most celebrated red, Taurasi, made from another local variety, the savoury but fearsomely acidic and tannic Aglianico.  Taurasi is known as southern Italy’s Barolo and needs similarly long aging.
 
Outside Avellino, Falanghina is also the main grape used in the more coastal DOCs of Campi Flegrei near Naples, the island of Capri, and the Costa d’Amalfi.  Reds tend to be blends of Aglianico with the softer, fruitier Piedirosso, another local variety.  The latter dominates in the reds and rosés of Lacryma Christi DOC, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, while the whites are blends of Coda di Volpe, Verdecca, Falaghina and Greco.
 


Feudi di San Gregorio

Export-focussed Campanian giant Feudi di San Gregorio was founded in the wake of the devastating Irpinian earthquake of 1980, which left almost 3000 dead and 300,000 people homeless.  Irpinia (the name means ‘wolf-country’) is the mountainous interior of Campania, covering much the same area as the modern province of Avellino.
 
Husband and wife team Enzo Ercolino and Mirella Capaldo, both Irpinian natives who had moved to Rome, were inspired to return and rebuild their homeland.  With Enzo’s brothers Mario and Luciano and Mirella’s brother Mario, they opened Feudi di San Gregorio in 1986, aided by post-earthquake reconstruction funds from Rome and the EU.
 
From the beginning the company had a mission to focus on local grape varieties, at a time when international grapes and wine styles were all the rage.  They also championed white varieties like Greco and Fiano when the only well-known wine of the region was the red Taurasi, made from Aglianico.  This was rewarded in 2003 when Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino were promoted to DOCG, becoming two of the first white wines in Italy to achieve the honour.
 
Today the company, now run by Mirella’s nephew Antonio Capaldo, has over 300 hectares of vineyards in Irpinia and other Campanian regions.  It has recently introduced a range of sparkling wines called DUBL in collaboration with the great Champagne producer Anselme Selosse, and has expanded beyond Campania into neighbouring Basilicata (Italy’s ‘ankle’) to make Aglianico del Vulture and into Puglia (the ‘heel’) to make Primitivo di Manduria.
 

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