CANTINA SANPAOLO rises in a hilly area, straddling the provinces of Avellino and Benevento, perfectly integrating with the landscape. Here the white berried grapes are grown which give rise to Greco di Tufo Docg, Fiano di Avellino Docg and Beneventano Falanghina Igp, together with the fine Irpinia Aglianico Dop from which the homonymous wine and the most prestigious Taurasi Docg are born. The cellar develops on three levels dug on the slope of a hill: the terracing nearing completion, with planting of vineyards, will allow it to be completely integrated with the surrounding environment, respecting the harmony of the landscape that inspired its restructuring. It is technically equipped for the production of whites and reds and for their refinement in the barrel room, made up of barrels of different carats: barrique, tonneau and oak barrels. The labels currently produced are eight.
CANTINA SANPAOLO rises in a hilly area, straddling the provinces of Avellino and Benevento, perfectly integrating with the landscape. Here, the white berried grapes are grown which give rise to Greco di Tufo DOCG, Fiano di Avellino DOCG and Beneventano Falanghina IGP, together with the fine Irpinia Aglianico DOP from which the homonymous wine and the most prestigious Taurasi DOCG are born.
Puglia is a long, thin wine region in the far south-eastern corner of the 'boot' of Italy. Where the north is slightly hillier and more connected to the customs and winemaking practices of central Italy, the south is almost entirely flat and retains a strong connection with its Greco-Roman past. Puglia lends itself to division into three rough viticultural areas, which correspond neatly to its administrative provinces: Foggia in the north, Bari and Taranto in the middle and Brindisi and Lecce in the south.
The "true" Puglia is to be found in the south, below the Brindisi–Taranto line, which traces the southernmost stretch of the Appian Way. Here the wines are made from grape varieties almost unique to the area, while in the north the prevalent grapes are those used all over central and northern Italy. In terms of terroir, Puglia has a formidable array of natural tools to help encourage prolific vine growth. The hot Mediterranean climate, persistent sunshine and occasional sea breezes make for a near-perfect environment for viticulture.
The region’s geology shows a bias towards cretaceous limestone under layers of iron-rich quaternary deposits, most visible in the soils around the Colline Joniche Tarantine hills and near Martina Franca and Locorotondo in the Itria Valley. Source: wine-searcher.com
Claudio Quarta’s CANTINA SANPAOLO vineyard is composed of small plots for a total of about 22 hectares: 10 extend around the cellar, divided between the areas of Tufo - where the precious Greco - of Lapio is grown - in the heart of the Docg Fiano d'Avellino for the breeding of Fiano - and Paternopoli, for the cultivation of Aglianico, in the Dop Irpinia Aglianico and Docg Taurasi. The other 12 hectares, cultivated in Falanghina and Aglianico, constitute a single estate located in Pietrelcina, in the Benevento area.
The vineyards, cultivated up to 700 meters of sunny height, enjoy a strong temperature range that enhances the aromaticity of the grapes. The properties are located throughout the territory, allowing procurement from different suppliers, guaranteeing the selection of the best grapes and the constant balancing of the product over the years. In this way, the quality and characteristics of the wines remain unchanged from year to year