I'm Sarah Pompei. In 1904, my paternal great-grandfather immigrated to America from Gesualdo, a small village in Irpinia, to help make the money needed to financially support his family back in Italy. One hundred years later, I visited to learn more about our family's history and the place that my family had called home. I instantly knew I had to share this Southern Italian mountain oasis with others.
So how was I going to bring Irpinia to America? The answer seemed simple: through the region's incredible artisanal wines. The goal of wine club is not just to deliver delicious bottles direct to your door from the cantina, but to transport you to Irpinia through the wines. And hopefully, one day, you'll be able to come and visit in person, meet the winemakers, and know the people who make this region so special.
The first fifteen years of my career were spent working to promote causes and ideas I believe in, and this is no different. Right now, the area of Irpinia is virtually unknown to those living outside its borders. With essentially no tourism and a population eager to share their wine, food, history, and culture, Irpinia is a hidden gem of Southern Italy.
I hope you'll join me on this journey and learn about Irpinia through the amazing wines, the people who make them, and the traditions that continue to drive every aspect of life here.
Irpinia is a mountainous region within Campania in the Avellino province boasting three prestigious DOCG wines: Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo. This rivals only Piemonte and Toscana.
With over 200 wine producers across 140 villages, there's no shortage of incredible small-production wine makers in this virtually undiscovered region. Native grapes include Irpinia Aglianico (used for reds), Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe, and Coda di Volpe Rosa. The soil is volcanic clay and a 5 min walk (or less!) can lead you to a completely different terroir within the same vineyard thanks to unique microclimates throughout the region.
The wines we select for the club are all incredible. Made with total respect for the land, the grapes and the generations of traditions in winemaking that have been the hallmark of this region. The reds are fruit-forward, big and complex with a delicate balance of tannins and acid. Whites are high in minerality, with the body and structure more resembling a red than what most would think of for a white.
We've helped to pick these grapes, we've tasted the wines at every stage of the winemaking process, and know the families that are crafting these incredible bottles. Now we can't wait for you to know these Irpinia wines.