Cantina Del Taburno

Southern Italy was the frontier of modern viticulture on the European mainland when the Greeks established the first organized plantings thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, for much of the last century, southern Italy has been considered a vinous backwater, with a handful of large producers dominating winemaking in Campania, Puglia and Sicily. While some of the wine was good, the prevailing attitude was quantity over quality. The last decade has seen a vivid resurgence in quality winemaking; while some have chosen to replant ancient vineyards with international grapes, native varietals such as Uva di Troia, Nero d'Avola, and Aglianico continue to be cultivated and elevated by a core of passionate wine producers who are making serious world-class wines. From mountainous, windblown Campania to the fertile slopes of Mount Etna to the arid plains of Puglia, southern Italy offers a fascinating array of flavors and styles at fabulous prices!

Campania's Aglianico del Taburno DOC in the province of Benevento, is an excellent source of Aglianico – and at very attractive prices. The region, north of Naples at an elevation of 1,000 feet, has a long growing season, hot days and moderately cool nights. Volcanic soil supports the vines. The Aglianico from this area is fruit-driven, approachable, and ready to drink in the shorter term. Cantina del Taburno is the leading producer in the zone, with two excellent-value Aglianicos: the "Fidelis" and the old-vines all-barrique aged "Delius". Since 1999, winemaking at this site has been the responsibility of Professor Luigi Moio of the University of Naples, who previously oversaw production at Feudi di San Gregorio.

Cantina del Taburno offers technical assistance to the 300 viticulturists associated with the Agricultural Union of the Province of Benevento. In addition to this service, Cantina del Taburno encourages and assists local producers to work with indigenous varietals of fruit. Cantina del Taburno is strictly controlled by the public bodies of the Campania Region. Furthermore, Cantina del Taburno is associated with the University of Portici (Naples) and has an on site analysis laboratory and a laboratory for micro-vinification. Many students use the facility to do research, write their theses and work on-site.

Vineyard management: Integrated insect and disease control is carried out by all members in the association. Copper and sulfer-based products are used sparingly to control pests and molds. To fertilize, cover crops are left between the rows of hillside vines, and organic fertilizers are used when necessary. Low doses of SO2 are added to the wines to preserve their freshness and ensure quality.

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Cantina del Taburno Falanghina 2017
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Hints of tea rose and bergamot make up a high-toned, aromatic entry to this sleek, light- to medium-bodied white, layered with flavors of pomegranate, white raspberry and wet stone. Zesty finish. Drink now through 2021. 30,000 cases made.—Alison Napjus."  The Estate Southern
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Cantina del Taburno Falanghina 2016
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88 "Hints of pineapple and guava are layered with fragrant jasmine and ginger accents in this mouthwatering, light-bodied white. Drink now through 2019. 29,000 cases made.—Alison Napjus"  100% Falanghina grown in calcareous and clayey marl soils with South-East exposure.

Cantina del Taburno 'Fidelis' Aglianico 2013
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90+ "Deep ruby. Aromatic nose of red cherry, sweet brown spices and earth tones. Then at once plump and juicy, displaying a tarry element to the red fruit and tobacco flavors. The finish is long, lively and very clean. Delightful, easygoing red with lots of early appeal. - Ian

Cantina del Taburno Falanghina 2015
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90+ "Vivid straw. Ripe but lively aromas of yellow apple, grapefruit and lemon, plus a whiff of fresh white flowers. Bright and juicy, offering rich fruit-driven flavors of grapefruit, apple and spices that are quite suave. Finely textured, showing noteworthy clarity and cut on the

Cantina del Taburno Falanghina 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright straw color. An intense menthol note enlivens the stone fruit and citrus aromas. Fresh, juicy and crisp, showing a minty edge to the orchard fruit flavors. Finishes clean and long, with bright acid lift. Over the years, Cantina del Taburno has proven remarkably adept at

Cantina del Taburno 'Fidelis' Aglianico 2010
" The Fidelis is Taburno's most approachable offering of aglianico: fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of large oak casks and used French-oak barriques. A great buy! " ~ Winery notes.  Southern Italy was the frontier of modern viticulture on the European mainland when the