Campania, Italy

Cantina Giardino

Controra 2021 [1L]



Controra 2021 [1L]
Campania, Italy

A true field blend made up of local varieties, made by Antonio and Daniela’s son Francesco, who shares their passion for organic farming and winemaking. Fermented on the skins for two days and raised in glass demijohns, there is a wonderful luminous quality to the pristine fruit on display here, with notes of red berries, wildflowers, citrus and spice. Bottled by the litre with a swing-top seal, this vibrant wine can be enjoyed with gusto, or over several days.

Aglianico, Barbera, Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Tintore


Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola seek out old vineyards in Irpinia, high in the hills of Campania. They champion and preserve the region’s native varietals, old vines and an age old way of tending them. 

The vines are set at altitude and are planted over the region’s vibrant volcanic soils. Vineyard work is done by hand, organically and a combination of great farming and low yields results in healthy, characterful fruit. In the cantina, Antonio takes a no-nonsense approach with the intention of letting this terroir express itself in full. The grapes ferment naturally without temperature control and fermentation can continue for months. 

Wines are raised in a combination of terracotta amphorae and large casks made from local woods and bottled unfiltered, with no additions at all. The resulting wines are singular, vivid expressions of grape and place.