THE YEAR OF GREAT WHITE
It used to be that when talking about wines, in Italy for Reds two region were claiming the title of THE BEST: Piedmont and Tuscany; while for the whites were claimed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Trentino. They still produce remarkable reds and whites, but lately the South of Italy is gaining attention and respect.
Campania is one region that started to produce very good wine, both red and white, and both with a higher alcohol content.
There are four DOCG worth mentioning:
Fiano d’Avellino and Greco di Tufo among the whites, and
Aglianico del Taburno and Taurasi for the reds.
Moreover Campania produces also 16 DOC among these, Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, Falanghina del Sannio and Capri.
So let’s see them in detail.
THE 10 BEST BOTTLES OF CAMPANIA
Falanghina del Sannio DOC Seenete 2017, La Guardiense winery of Guardia Sanframondi (Bn), 12 euros
Fiano di Avellino DOCG White Fioe 2017, Mier Vini winery of Taurasi (Av), 12 euros
Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2017, Orneta winery in Ariano Irpino (Av), 14 euros
Ischia DIC Forastera 2017, Casa d’Ambra winery in Forio (Na), 14 euros
Greco di Tufo DOCG Tenute di Altavilla 2017, Villa Matilde di Cellole winery (Ce), 14 euros
Greco di Tufo DOCG Devon 2017, Antonio Caggiano Cellars of Taurasi (Av), 15 euros
Greco di Tufo DOCG Sphera 2016, Cantine Cinnerazzo di Torrioni (Av), 15 euros
Falerno del Massico DOC primitive Vigna Barone 2013, Regina Viarum winery in Falciano del Massico (Ce), 24 euros
Tenute Casoli di Candida (Av), 31 euros
Aglianico del Taburno DOCG reserve Vigna Cataratte 2010, Fontanavecchia winery in Torrecuso (Bn), 20 euros
DOC and DOCG = The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines‘ origins.