Campania, Italy

Cantina Giardino

Drogone 2016



Drogone 2016
Campania, Italy

From a seventy five year old vineyard in Montemarano, this spent two months on skins, followed by three and a half years in chestnut barrels. Striking a perfect balance between maturity and youth, it is a wine of great savoury complexity and structure, with firm tannins and a long, lingering acidity adding real appeal. 



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.