The Authentic Irpinia Wine Club Vol. 3 Tasting Notes

The Authentic Irpinia Wine Club brought to you by Schneider's of Capitol Hill

This is one of our favorite shipments to date (who are we kidding, we love them all but indulge me on this) and can’t wait to hear what you think of these representations of the 3 DOCG wines from Campania: Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, and Fiano di Avellino. Irpinia represents the exclusive growing area for all three, which is a major distinction in Italian wines.


Below you’ll find more on the wineries and the wines, but first, we want to thank you for being a part of this club. By joining, you’re helping the local economy in Irpinia, which is still hurting from recent events. As a part of wine club, you’re not just helping these small, family-run wineries. It helps the entire economy in this undiscovered region grow.


So we’d love your help in getting folks back on their feet and growing opportunities for the small family run businesses in Irpinia. Share Wine Club with friends and invite others to join at: www.theauthenticirpiniawineclub.com. We’re giving a bonus 2 bottles of wine for those who refer 2 new members of the club. Just shoot me an email and let me know who you’ve signed up, sarah@theauthenticirpinia.com.


And as always, we’d love if you came to visit us in Irpinia. Visit the wineries, learn to cook & make pizza like an Italian, and help Italy get back on its feet!


Be sure to share your love of these wines, and tag us @theauthenticirpinia, in your photos on Instagram and Facebook!


IRPINIA DOCG WINES:

You’re going to explore the full range of Campania DOCG wines in this shipment, which can legally be produced exclusively in Irpinia. When you dive into these wines, you’ll have Taurasi from Il Cancelliere, Greco di Tufo from Cantine dell’Angelo and Fiano di Avellino from Cantina del Barone. These are three small, family run wineries producing around 20,000 bottles a year or less. Each specializes in one grape varietal, but they all work together to represent the best of the best from Irpinia.


Remember to let these wines sit for at least a week after arriving at your door before trying them. We know it won’t be easy, but it will be worth the wait!


Here’s a little history on the wineries and the wines you’re about to enjoy…


Il Cancelliere:

Il Cancelliere is located in the heart of Montemarano, in an area particularly well suited for the production of Taurasi. The family winery was founded by Soccorso Romano, whose nickname is Il Cancelliere, hence the name of the winery. Their Aglianico vines surround the family cottage, which now serves as their cellar. Their natural winemaking process is based on traditional Irpinia wine making techniques that Soccorso learned from his father, and these lessons serve as the foundation for all they do. Il Cancelliere produces an Irpinia Aglianico, a Campania Aglianico, Taurasi, and Taurasi Riserva, each from its own cru of Aglianico grapes. And if you know who to ask when you visit, try their Passito that is out of this world.


Cantine dell’Angelo:

Angelo and his family grow Greco grapes on some of the oldest land in the heart of Greco di Tufo country. He’ll gladly take you for a vineyard adventure through the steep terrain, all you have to do is ask. As a third-generation winemaker, he continues the traditions of his family by producing all natural wines, without chemicals, additives, or temperature controls as they work all 6.5 acres of their two diverse growing areas by hand. They focus on having a minimal impact on the grapes and the land the grapes are harvested from to keep the focus on the unique tastes the highly sulfurous soil brings to the minerality of their wines. Angelo has received numerous awards for his exceptional Greco di Tufo wines.


Cantina del Barone:

Luigi Sarno produces incredible Fiano di Avellino wines on the land his father purchased from a Baron in Naples many years ago, hence the winery’s name. Located in a unique microclimate with rich volcanic soils, Luigi’s natural wines are handcrafted bringing out unique flavors and structures in his white wines. Luigi has been recognized as a top new winemaker in Campania and his utmost respect to the land and the grapes can be tasted in the award winning wines he’s producing. With peacocks roaming the property, fruit, nut, and olive trees surrounding the vineyards and a beautiful B&B on property, Luigi’s winery represents the best of Irpinia. Luigi is also the enologist working with Cantina dell’Angelo.



Tasting Notes

Il Cancelliere - Montemarano

Nero Ne Taurasi DOCG - 2015: