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Cantina Giardino

Irpinia, Campania

Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola of Cantina Giardino seek out plots with old vines and great aspects in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania. They seek to champion and preserve the region’s heirloom varietals, old vines and an age old way of tending them.

Their beautiful vineyards are set at altitude and are planted over the region’s vibrant volcanic soils. Vineyard work is done by hand, organically and a combination of great farming and low yields results in extremely healthy, tasty fruit. In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting this wonderful fruit express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months.

With the exception of Sophia (which is aged in terracotta amphorae made from clay from the same vineyard that gives it’s grapes) the wines are raised in large casks made from local woods and are bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all. The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place. They are nourishing wines made with one’s thirst and good health in mind.