Native grapevines: greco, fiano, falanghina, aglianico, merlot, sangiovese - I Capitani



Three great white and one red grape varieties

Three fantastic white grape varieties of different and complementary properties: Greco, Fiano and Falanghina and a great red, immortal and versatile: Aglianico.

Our beautiful terroir has always shown its excellent quality in the cultivation of the vine, with a special micro climate and varied soils that are expressed as ideal for the settlement of certain grape varieties already several millennia ago. These vines have found immediately fertile ground for their deployment and with the passing of the centuries, have adapted themselves naturally to this terroir, becoming his highest expression.

Today, we are aware of the quality of our native grapes we are also very grateful to them because they are, since the beginning of our activity more than a century ago, wealth and pride of our production quality. Duing many years of experience we have learned that make quality wines, it is not a simple thing that you can improvise, rhythms of nature aren't those of individual. Fortunate to be in a great terroir and find in their own fields great grapevines, combined with a long experience in vineyard have allowed us to obtain, first of all the grapes, and then unquestionable quality wines which are so rich in personality.

Aglianico (type Taurasi)

Aglianico grapevine has probable very old Greek origin (from word "ellenico") and it is settled in provinces Avellino and Benevento and with same name but really different varieties in Vulture area in Basilicata region. Its ideal habitats are the clay-limestone soils of volcanic origin of medium altitude and extreme temperature changes daily. Its leaf is medium-sized, five-lobed, dark green, it has a compact cluster, cylindrical-conical, thick skin, and blue color almost-sour pulp rich in tannins. The wines that are produced from are ruby color, with intense aromas that connect to production's area with a lively astringency. Aglianico grapevine is the basis of the great reds for ageing of Southern Italy such as Taurasi. Among the best red grapes of Italy is late harvest (late October - early November).

Greco (white)

Greco is a white grapevine with small leaf, pentagonal and five lobes; great and elongated pyramidal or cylindrical bunch, winged and rather compact, medium-small, short ellipsoidal berry with yellow-green pruinose skin, which tends to amber when exposed to long in the sun. It's a not easy grape to vinified because oxidizes easily and produces a big volume of lees. Even if it's spread to different parts of South Italy, because of its characteristics, is able to express at most only in few soils, the ones rich in minerals, such as those of Greco di Tufo DOCG area.

Fiano

Fiano is a white grape variety. He has leaves orbicular, of medium size, three-lobed or five-lobed; small or medium, dense, pyramidal with a wing rather developed bunch; medium, golden yellow berry with tough skin. He has good strength and gives excellent results in clayey soils. Mature between late September and early October. The Fiano is also a grape that lends itself well to be vinified in wooden barrel and aged in bottle. This vine has delicate aromatic expression with hints of spices and dried fruits. It adapts to different climates with good results even if the wines obtained usually are very different one from the other.

Falanghina

Falanghina is a semi-aromatic variety which is characterized by freshness and acidity with pleasant reminders at the smell of flowers of Mediterranean scrub. The vine matures in the last part of September. It has a average productivity, is vigorous but not very homogenous and requires a warm and dry climate. It has a robust stump with medium-length vine, little branched, while the leaf is medium-sized, three-lobed, wedge-shaped, almost entire, light green in color, with fluffy lower part. The bunch is long, truncated cone, averagely compact and winged, the berries are small, spheroid, pale yellowish-gray, with flesh thick. It's crisp, sweet and of great acidity. Express at best itself in fresh and scented wines, wonderful "summer wines".