The Fiano di Avellino DOCG Lapilli is from the ancient grape of Roman origins Fiano, and was named latin to distinguish it from the grapes of Greek origins. Its name has evolved from its original name Apianus or Apiane, which in turn is linked to the ancient latin word for ‘bee’ as bees were fond of these grapes which ripened well and contained substantial amounts of sugar. It is a vine that grows well both in volcanic soils and clay soils.The vineyards are south-east facing at 400 metres above sea level and the vines are around 10 years old. The grapes are harvested at the end of October and after fermentation, they spend 3 months on the lees in stainless steel tanks, before further refining in bottle.
Located in Irpinia, in the Southwest of the Avellino province, Lapilli was established in 1996 as a family-run business, and has been meticulously managed by its dedicated team ever since. With vineyards in and around the towns of Montefusco, Tufo, Benevento, Ponte and Torrecuso and vineyards on the hills of Lapio, Forino and Candida. This collection of comunes is dedicated to wine production as a main factor in their local economy, which perhaps accounts for the diligence of the Lapilli team and their ethos of cherishing advice from older generations who know the land by heart. The first grapes to be vinified were Fiano di Avellino, followed by Greco di Tufo, Aglianico, and Falanghina. Lapilli were keen to develop the vineyards one step at a time, in order to learn as much as possible with each new planting. The Falanghina vines are planted the lowest, at 250-300 metres above sea level in mixed clay soils in vineyards near Benevento and the Parco Regionale del Taburno, whereas the Fiano di Avellino DOCG vineyards are slightly higher at 400 metres in clay and limestone soils and are located on the hills around the town of Avellino. The Greco di Tufo DOCG vines grows in medium textured, limestone soils and make up the highest plantings at 500 metres above sea level, situated in the hilly towns of Tufo and Montefusco. Winemaker Marco Flacco with nearly 20 years of experience, especially as Consultant Winemaker for various wineries in Abruzzo, has brought a fresh approach to the wineries activities and aims, and is an enthusiastic advocate of clean, varietal flavours. In a region traditionally renowned for its premium wines, Lapilli have aimed to make these fabulous wines a little more accessible without compromising on the quality. The result is a range of enticing, elegant wines that represent fantastic value for money, yet still boast outstanding varietal aromas and flavours, complexity and reliable, clean consistency.
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