"Cantina Giardino is a joint venture between six friends with the goal to preserve old vineyards and native grape varieties in and around Irpinia, a mountainous town in the heart of Campania.
Headed by Antonio and Daniela di Gruttola, the project sources fruit from 16 distinct and often quite distant parcels.
In total, this represents about six hectares and includes a 2.5 ha plot that the couple recently purchased. From the beginning, the aim has been to source older vines (50+) from contadini who have been working traditionally for generations but were at risk of having to abandon or uproot their land.
Vinification is an instinctual, unique process each vintage: Antonio currently owns a wide array of aging vessels, including oak and cherry wood barrels, demi-muits, stainless steel tanks, fiberglass and amphoras home-made by Daniela. Each year, the wine ends up where Antonio feels it needs to be.
Winemaking: The grapes macerate for two days before being pressed to co-ferment in old chestnut casks for nine months." -Louis Dressner Selections
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