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Irpinia Aglianico Vigna Quattro Confini

Wine name:Irpinia Aglianico Vigna Quattro Confini

Appellation:IRPINIA AGLIANICO DOC

Zone:Montemiletto (Avellino)

Vineyard extension (hectares):3.5

Blend:100% Aglianico

Vineyard age (year of planting):Aglianico 2002

Soil Type:Mixed, clayey

Exposure:East. Altitude: 600 meters above sea level

Colour:Ruby red

Nose:Berries, marasca cherry and violet

Flavour:Dry, harmonic and velvety

Serving temperature (°C):18

Match with:Pasta dishes with meat sauce, roast lamb, poultry

Average no. bottles/year:4,000

Grape yield per hectare tons:10

Notes:

Vine training system: Guyot. Vineyard density: 5,000-6,000 vines/hectare

 

Vinification and ageing

Destemming and crushing of the clusters. Fermentation and maceration with the skins for a few days with daily pumping over of the must. Fermentation is completed in steel and in French oak barriques. 70% of the wine matures in steel for approx. 11 months, 30% of the wine matures in French oak barriques for 11 months. Blending and finishing in the bottle for 3 months.

Wine Producer

BENITO FERRARA

Website:http://www.benitoferrara.it

Address:Fraz. San Paolo, 14 83010 Tufo AV

Owner:Gabriella Ferrara

Year of establishment:1991

Total annual production:50000

Total vineyard extension (hectares):12.5

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):3.5ha Aglianico 1ha Fiano 8ha Greco

Vine training system:
Guyot

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.

Harvest period:Second half of October

Agronomist:Sergio husband of Gabriella Ferrara

Oenologist: Paolo Caciorgna

History

Gabriella Ferrara and her husband Sergio, who own and manage the estate, are the fourth generation of viticulturists of their family. Gabriella’s great grandfather planted vines on his property and he used to bring vegetables and wine on foot and with a donkey to the town of Tufo. The first vintage that was bottled was 1991. The vineyards are managed by Gabriella and by Sergio and they are supported by the well know oenologist Paolo Caciorgna in the cellar.
The altitude of San Paolo district, in the commune of Tufo, where the estate is located, is 500 meters above sea level, the excellent exposure is east/east-west. The soil is white, clayey and mixed clayey. When the soil is tilled, now and then sulphur rocks come to the surface as there are sulphur quarries (now closed) nearby. These hills are surrounded by higher mountains which protect this area.  During the summer months it is warm during the day and cool at night and this, as you know, favours the aroma of the wines. It is also very airy here so that there are no problems with disease or insect attacks to the vines.
The total vineyards extension is 12.5 hectares: 8 hectares of Greco, 1 hectare of Fiano, 3.5 hectares of Aglianico.
The Greco vineyards are all in the district of San Paolo. The age of the vines is from 5 years to 40-60 years. Vigna Cicogna, a vineyard of 1.5 hectares, is the cru if the estate. The vines are between 15 and 60 years old.
The viticultural practices are naturally environment friendly.
The Aglianico vineyards are in Montemiletto, within the Taurasi DOCG appellation. The altitude is 500-700 meters, the exposure is east, the zone is very airy.  The soil is white and mixed clayey. The vines are between 10 and 15 years old.
The Fiano vineyards are in the zone of Lapio. The altitude is 500 meters above sea level, the exposure is east. The vines are approximately 20 years old.
The old part of the cellar dates back to 1860, a new part was added in 1998. The cellar equipment is very modern as Greco grapes and must tend to oxidize. The red wines mature in new and second use French oak barriques depending on the wine.
The wines produced are: Greco di Tufo DOCG “Terra d’Uva, Greco di Tufo DOCG “Vigna Cicogna”, Campania Aglianico IGT “Passo del Lupo”, Fiano di Avellino DOCG “Sequenzha”, Campania Greco IGT “Due Chicchi”, Irpinia Aglianico DOC “Quattro Confini”, Taurasi DOCG “Vigna Quattro Confini”.

 

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