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Falanghina is one of the oldest cultivated grapes in Italy (some believe since as early as the 7th century B.C.) where it has particularly thrived in the southern region of Campania. The highly calcareous soils of the area give the flowery, tropical aspects of the fruit a perfect counterbalance of structure and minerality. Try this gorgeous example with grilled branzino or a creamy pasta.
Santiquaranta is a vine-growing and wine-producing project articulated along two territorial lines:
The first in the village of Baselice, which is situated on the Apennine ridge on the border between Campania and Puglia where we are protagonists of the rediscovery and the safeguard of the Muscat of Baselice, a practically extinct local vine.
The second, in the village of Torrecuso, for the production of Falanghina and Aglianico, in one of the most important areas of the regional wine industry.
Inland from Naples, the heartland of Campania, lies southern Italy's most important wine regions. The foothills of the Appno Napoletano range encompass the prime growing areas for the late-ripening Aglianico, the minerally Greco di tufo, and the elegant Fiano. Historically, Campania has witnessed millenia of conquering hordes crossing her soils, many leaving contributions on a grand scale. Certainly the Greek occupiers planted here, leaving a viticultural legacy that stretches to the present day.