THE TERRITORY

“A different reality but possible”

Irpinia land has always been a crossing point and a strategic point where a lot of populations migrate. Along the mountain passes that connect Campania to Puglia, there is Irpinia, a land that offers itself as a middle earth, a sort of necessary step for shepherds, warriors, merchants, settlers and whatever else saw Southern Italy since prehistoric times. Irpinia a part ignored and poorly considered because of its inability to give life to permanent settlements, but also a land greatly desired because, through its control, opened a clear path to conquer other territories.


The Irpini population was the first to settle in this area and, as a warlike people, follower of the god Mars was able to oppose to the Roman domination, subtracting them the occupied territories. It is not a coincidence, in fact, that the name Irpini derives from "Hirpus," which in osca language means Wolf, the animal sacred to Mars.
And it is right in the heart of the green Irpinia, "Land of Wolves", which houses one of the most amazing rural areas of Campania. Irpinia land is a sequence of suggestions and the beauty of nature blend harmoniously with the work of man, in a meaningful combination of tradition and modernity. 


In Italy we can boast a heritage that consists of more than a hundred local varieties grapes of established tradition, some well known, others endangered. Fortunately, the wines produced with local grapes are all the rage today, because they are rich in personality and they represent a good response to the worldwide homogenisation of the taste.
Local wine production in Irpinia boasts three DOCG appellations, that gives luster to Irpinia in the world and it is the lifeblood of the local economy. The vines have been the subject of a careful selection and they are raised in a very limited geographical areas that ensure the production of superb quality grapes, rich in sugars and flavors.

The wines of uncommon merit, has character and personality thanks to the climate mild and thank also to the moderate humidity and also thanks to a specific volcanic soils. This particular type of soil was originated from a powerful volcanic eruption in the Campi Flegrei, whose devastating effects were felt throughout the Mediterranean basin, particularly in the eastern parts, to which blew in prevalence winds. For days the winds pushed towards Irpinia clouds of tephra, that is a glowing mixture of ash and lapilli. The sky darkened for months, and the temperatures dropped suddenly, the fields were covered with a thick layer of volcanic material that gradually solidified. 

Irpinia will always take the imprint of the primordial elements: the fire of volcanoes flegrei, the air moving in the wind, the earth consolidated in large tufa rock, and the water of its rivers.  
The entire province of Avellino can be divided into two main areas, the first includes the hills along the Calore river that are the home of Aglianico from which we get the red wine Taurasi (specific towns for the production of Taurasi are: Montefalcione , Montemiletto, Torre le Nocelle, Pietradefusi, Venticano, Bonito, Luogosano, Sant'Angelo all'Esca, Fontanarosa, Paternopoli, Castelfranci, Montemarano, Mirabella Eclano, Lapio, Castelvetere sul Calore and San Mango sul Calore), the other includes the hills along the Sabato river where the white varieties of Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo find their home.


The Irpini winemakers, have managed to preserve the wine practices handed down by tradition, combining them cleverly to the new technology acquisitions. The local presence of the De Sanctis Wine School of Avellino has been a training ground for many talented engineers and winemakers who give their valuable contribution to the achievement of the award-winning wines from Irpinia, whose success is also the result of the dedication and commitment of what can rightly define a "people of winemakers."