TENUTA CAVALIER PEPE, IRPINIA
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe is a winery with 60 hectares of vineyards and 11 hectares of olive groves located in Luogosano, Sant’Angelo all’Esca and Taurasi, in the province of Avellino. This is the heart of Irpinia, the premier winegrowing area of Campania.
Since ancient times, Campania has been known to produce quality wines, such as Falerno, Greco, Faustiniano and Caleno. These were considered the “wines of the emperors” and praised by the greatest classic writers like Cicero, Plinio, Martial and Tibullo. The region is ideal for wine production thanks to the characteristics of its terroir, as well as local cultivation and winemaking techniques. There are currently 15 DOC-level appellations and four DOCGs, of which three are found in Irpinia – Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Taurasi.
Irpinia has always been a land rich in vineyards. The region is divided by the Apennine ridge on two sides, the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic, and as a result, has unique pedo-climatic characteristics that give its vines and wines great prestige. Viticulture here is greatly influenced by altitude, the vineyards located at between 300 and 800 metres above sea level. Two rivers, the Calore and Sabato, cross the region and are significant sources of water for local wine production. Thanks to the unique combination of altitude, soil and microclimate, Irpinia’s vines are among Italy’s most prestigious. Various native grape varieties thrive here, the conditions being ideal for excellent growth and maturation. The wines of Irpinia share one common trait – perfect balance. These are mineral wines with great volume and finesse, significant aromatic persistence, and longevity.
THE GREAT INDIGENOUS GRAPE VARIETIES
Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina and Coda di Volpe are the traditional grape varieties most cultivated in Irpinia. They constitute the majority of DOC- and the three great DOCG-level wines of Irpinia – Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo.
The DOC and DOCG
Thanks to the characteristics of its terroir, such as climate and soil, Irpinia has long been known as a land of viticulture. Irpinia is the proud home of southern Italy’s first DOCG, Taurasi DOCG, elevated in 1993. This promotion was followed by those of two historically significant Irpinian white wines, Fiano di Avellino DOCG and Greco di Tufo DOCG. In addition to boasting three of southern Italy’s most prestigious DOCGs, Irpinia has many notable DOCs, including Coda di Volpe DOC and Falanghina DOC.
- TAURASI DOCG
- FIANO DI AVELLINO DOCG
- GRECO DI TUFO DOCG