Greco di Tufo

Greco di Tufo DOCG, from which the wine of the same name is made, is the oldest variety in the province of Avellino. It is found within the Campania region of Italy, and its origins go back as far back as 1st Century B.C, its name mentioned in an inscription found on an ancient fresco in Pompeii. It reads “You are truly cold, Bytis, made of ice, if last night not even Greco wine could warm you up.” It was apparently brought to Campania by the Pelasgian, an ancient Greek people from the region of Thessaly.
The best expression of this vine is found on the volcanic hills of the Tufo area in the mountainous terrain of Avellino. The vines are cultivated at an altitude of about 450-500 meters (1312-1640 feet) above sea level in a limited area of Irpinia, where cooler temperatures allow grapes to ripen without losing acidity. Only eight villages can legally claim to make Greco di Tufo; Tufo, Montefusco, Petruro Irpino, Chianche, Torrioni, Altavilla, Irpina, Prata di Principato Ultra.
The appellation received its DOCG status in 2003 and regulations require that there be a minimum of 85% Greco di Tufo, and up to 15% of Coda di Volpe Bianca in the wine. The grapes must also come from vineyards exclusive to eight villages surrounding Avellino. A spumante can also be made under this classification, and must be aged for at least three years. As well as being the star of the show in this DOCG, it is also a varietal starring alongside Verdicchio and Falanghina, as Greco di Bianca, in the Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio white wine.
Greco di Tufo stands out from the rest of the crowd thanks to the unique characteristics of the sulphur and tufa-rich (hence its name), volcanic and clay-laden soils, which lend the wine its perfume, complexity, and minerality. This refreshing and crisp white is known for its beautiful balance, and is also characterized by its aromatic notes of lemons, pears, toasted almonds and lingering, mineral finish. Greco is generally at its best within two to three years of bottling.
Like Fiano di Avellino, it is the Mastroberadino family which has brought this white into the limelight and placed it amongst Italy’s most distinguished white wines.


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