To speak about Turasi is like articulating an anthology of adventure, one made up of its incredibly varied territories for the production of wine, each one different from the other and made up of many small companies of excellence and a centuries-old wine traditions. Cantine Lonardo are in the province of Avellino, in the historical-geographical district of Irpinia, in Campania. It is here that this small family-run company, with its few hectares of vineyards at 400m above sea level, that the vines are placed on soils that vary from a clay-limestone composition for the lower vineyard and soils more volcanic-cineritic for the one more high. It has an essential wine production, one of wonderful value and an extraordinarily considerable impact.
Professor Sandro Lonardo founded the company in 1998 and is still head of the winery and the Lonardo family is made up of people of considerable cultural importance, ranging from humanities, archeology, scientific research, to academic careers. His forma mentis is found in the devotion for viticulture, which bases its domestic roots in the centuries-old peasant tradition. The work carried out in the vineyard and in the cellar reflects authenticity and simplicity, with the exclusive use of grapes from proprietary vines and autochthonous yeasts, optimization of winemaking procedures and continuous experimentation with new techniques, and in the end, the support of a relevant technical-scientific staff.
In this regard the company sets an example in both the scientific research done for the maceration of Aglianico in collaboration with the universities of Palermo and Federico II of Naples, and the interest for an indigenous vine, discovered by the company and present only in the area of Taurasi, in particular of the lower Irpinia, which the peasants used to use for domestically: the Grecomusc, the White Roviello. Thanks to a battle carried out with the association, founded by Lonardo for the conservation of Grecomusc, together with a handful of small local producers and in collaboration with the ampelographer Antonella Monaco, of the Federico II University of Naples, it has given life to a process of research and vinification, up to the registration in the national register of vines in 2009. Currently, the production is around 2500 bottles, with a growing interest both for wine and for the vine. A vine that does not have the characteristics of the other indigenous grapes of the area, but recalls a particular affinity to more Nordic vines such as Riesling, Chablis; an extremely mineral and long-lived wine.
If Grecomusc represents research and experimentation, Aglianico represents tradition and is the main grape variety used, which gives rise to Irpinia Aglianico Dop, Taurasi and the best years of Taurasi Riserva Docg. Of great interest is the line produced since 2007 and consisting of two CRUs, in a limited number of bottles from vineyards ranging from 10 to 100 years: Vigne d'Alto Taurasi and Coste Taurasi Docg, the flagship of the production of this little gem in Irpinia.