The hamlet of Montesarchio is famous in Benevento for housing particular ceramics dating back to the age of the Samnites. Many of the inserts have derived from graves of a Necropolis dating back to the fifth century B.C. The vineyards are all biologically cultivated and some vines are over 200 years old which has gathered the attention of the University of Naples. Professors and students from the University have built a campground at the vineyard of Masseria Frattasi to study these incredible vines. It has been testi_ed in the Court of Naples that the Cecere’s were already growing grapes and nourishing the lands of their vineyards in 1576 and never ceased this passion. In 1950 Don Antonio Cecere discovered the only surviving Falanghina grape from its original planting at the foot of Mt. Taburno and for this reason all the Falanghina Grapes of Masseria Frattasi are constituted as First choice Falanghina grapes.
50% Falanghina Bonea, 50% Falanghina Taburno Using cold-fermentation and then partial malolactic fermentation the aging takes place in stainless steel for three months and then in bottle for 6. Straw yellow with greenish re_ections, aromas of ripe pear, _oral notes of gelomino on a bed of straw. Full and juicy in its minerality on the palate, fresh and great persistence.
50% Falanghina Bonea, 50% Falanghina Varone Donnalaura is the emblem to the birthplace of Falanghina, Montesarchio. This Falanghina showcases two biotypes, one a biotrytis effected Falanghina grape picked in December and the other Falanghina Bonea. Laura is the grandmother of Pasquale, the owner of the winery. Aged for six months in wood followed by three months in stainless steel and refinement in the bottle. The colour is a honeyed yellow with an alcohol presence of 14%. Scents of flowers and long pear, according to the citation of Luca Maroni, who has honoured the Donnalaura as the best white wine of Italy in the guide directory of the best wines of Italy.
Fiano di Montagna is typical of the area and terroir , surrounded by incredibly old trees on the slopes of Mount Taburno with the culmination of 10 nearby volcanoes. A wine much more famous and historical than the internationally recognized Fiano di Avellino. Pasquale’s vineayrds unlike those in Irpinia (Avellino) enjoy much greater exposure to the cold winds of Taburno.
Grown in a vineyard as Pasquale says “a 100m from a crow’s fly from the Avellino DOCG, but more importantly the vines testify as the oldest of the varieties mentioned by Pliny. Pasquale grows terroir driven wines, he sacrifices denominations for history, marketing for truth and sensory appeal for terroir.
The highest grown Chardonnay in Italy at 890m above sea level is simply incredible as everything else that Pasquale produces. Grapes are softly pressed in the absence of oxygen. Aged in French oak barrels for five months and refined in bottle. The cold wines of Taburno bring out nuances unlike any.
Caudium was the capital of Sannio, with a sanctuary that still occupies the current fortified acropolis with a castle by the Lombards. The cultivation of the vine dates back to the Cretan period, about 3,500 years ago. The soils are varied, limestone and marble, sandstone and marl, clay and stone materials. Aglianico is the oldest vine in the greek world. A wine of the people, for the people.