Irpinia’s vineyards are a fertile ground for some of the world’s most acclaimed wines, protected by a Consortium. The mission of the Consortium for the Protection of the Irpinia Wines is to protect and enhance a number of traditional grape types, such as Aglianico, Turasi, Fiano, Greco di Tufo, Coda di Volpe and Falanghina.
Greco di Tufo and Greco di Tufo Spumante
The ubiquitous vineyards of the province of Avellino yield grapes which are used to produce a handful of world-famous wines, such as Greco di Tufo, Taurasi and Fiano. Greco di Tufo is the oldest grape type, grown in the towns of Tufo, Altavilla Irpina, Chianche, Montefusco, Prata di Principato Ultra, Petruro Irpino, Santa Paolina and Torrioni. The CGDO guidelines prescribes at least 85% Greco and 15% Coda di Volpe Bianca. In the case of Spumante, the wine must age for at least 36 months in bottle, starting from 1st November of the year of the harvest.
Greco di Tufo has a hay yellow colour, with a nice, intense and fine fragrance. To the palate, it is fresh, dry and harmonious, with a persistent finish. It can be paired with fish and seafood and it is best served at 8-10°C. The Spumante version has a fine and delicate froth. Its hay yellow presents hues of green or gold. It has a distinctive bouquet, with a delicate nuance of yeast. Both the extra brut and the brut are sapid, fine and harmonious to the palate. It is an excellent aperitivo wine, pairing wonderfully with cold hors d’œuvres.