Up until the 1990’s, descriptions of the wines of the province of Avellino, the inland part of the Campania, high and cool and, by no means accidentally, the source of some of southern Italy’s finest wines, was relatively simple. There were a series of small holders who grew the grapes and conferred the crop to a limited number of wineries who fermented them, and one historic house which dominated national and international markets. Having succeeded, through the quality of its offerings, in establishing that varieties such as Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Aglianico were high quality grapes indeed.
This well established, and apparently solid, scheme was upset, however, in the mid-1990’s when a new house, well funded by the Capaldo family and managed by an ambitious, energetic, and seemingly tireless management began to make major inroads into once dominant market positions.
Now, twenty years leader, Feudi di San Gregorio remains a reference point producer in Campania and in all of Italy. And the wines which made it famous remain the same: the Falanghina Serrocielo, the Fiano d’Avellino Pietracalda, the Greco di Tufo Cutizzi, the Irpinia Bianco Campanaro, an excellent Merlot, Pàtrimo, unusual for these parts, the Irpina Aglianico Rubrato (340,000 bottles!), and the Irpinia Aglianico Serpico. And, most of all, two outstanding Taurasi, the great appellation of the Italian south: the regular bottle and the Piano di Montevergine Riserva.