Campania, Italy

Cantina Giardino

Cantillon Drogone Lambic



Cantillon Drogone Lambic
Campania, Italy

This is the fourth release of their Drogone Lambic that we have received and is undoubtedly the best yet. A three year old lambic is infused with three hundred grams per litre of Aglianico grapes, before a young lambic is added to cause a second fermentation in the bottle, producing a beer unlike any we have tried. This year’s effort is a gorgeous, pale shade of sunset and offers a cascade of sour, bitter and earthy notes, bringing rare refreshment and no shortage of complexity and intrigue.



Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola seek out old vineyards in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania, championing and preserving the region’s native varieties, old vines and the old-fashioned way of tending them.

They began in 2003 and in Italy they were amongst a handful of pioneers who paved the way for the making of wines with no additions, inspiring many to adopt an approach in the cantina that produces wines with a true sense of place.

Since their beginnings, they have grown organically, amassing twenty one hectares of beautiful old vines spread out amongst six parcels and planted over a fascinating mix of soils. Trained in the traditional fashion, the old, gnarled vines grow as if they were trees, reaching upwards and outwards like outstretched arms. As was commonplace in the days of old, the vines are planted at a low density to allow a mix of agriculture and often share the parcels with olive and fruit trees. The work in the vineyards is done by hand, organically and to supplement what their own land produces, they also work with a network of contadini who do things the old-fashioned way. This combination of climate, landscape, old vines and sensitive farming produces vibrant, characterful fruit.

In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting the land express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months. The wines are raised in a variety of vessels, though most often in terracotta and sandstone amphorae and large casks made from local woods, and are bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all.

The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place.