Monday, April 24, 2006

Greco di Tufo DOC – Smooth White Wine from Avellino

Considered one of the most antique wines in Italy. First written references come from the city of Pompei in the sixth century BC. On a wall in the city destroyed by the Volcano Vesuvio across the bay from Naples a poem describes the soft nature of this wine. The poem reads,

You are cold, Bice [the name of his loved], truly a piece of ice, if even the Greco wine could not warm your heart last night.

The grape Greco di Tufo was originally cultivated on the slopes of Vesuvio where the wine produced bears the name Lacryma Christi. Later it was planted in the small town of Tufo in the hills of Avellino.

Greco di Tufo is produced only in the towns of Tufo, Prata di Principato Ultra, Montefusco, Altavilla Irpina, Chianche, Petruro Irpino, Torrioni in the Province of Avellino. Additionally only the hillsides are considered proper areas because in the valley the ground is too humid and does not receive sufficient sun.

This is not a mild wine, it is full of personality, and is said to compensate for the gentle nature of the inhabitants of the Irpinia (the mountains that encompass the region) who transformed this hard land with attention and love.

Greco di Tufo is truly a particular white wine. Its personality and flavor make it a perfect choice for delicate foods, such as appetizers and fish with butter or white sauces and just as appropriate with quality roasts and medium structured meats.

Grape: 85-100% Greco di Tufo. Remaining White Coda di Volpe up to 15%.

Color: Hay yellow to yellow gold.

Bouquet: Pleasant tones of Sambuco, Peaches, and Almonds.

Flavor: Dry, clean, with a pronounced but balanced taste.

Alcohol: 11.5 - 14 %

Serving Temperature: 10 degrees c.

Decanting: none

Glass: Stemmed narrow bellied glass.

Greco di Tufo is considered one of the antique geographical wines of Italy. Numerous wine tours include a stop in Tufo to visit the producers.


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Blogger ChickyBabe said...

I haven't heard of that varietal. Is it sweetish wine?

6:54 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Chicky b. This is a great value-quality wine. It is not as well known as the Chardoney or Pinot Grigio thus costs less. It is a dry wine with character, not buttery or any of that junk. Just a really good table wine.

6:34 AM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

hey! i tried a great one the other night by vinosia--ever heard of it? the owner of the wine bar told me that the producer is the brother of feudi. don't know if that's true, but it seems to happen so often (i.e. bros felluga, mastroberardino, etc) it has that fabulous agrumi flavor with an overtone of grapefruit...try it. it will be an absolute citrus bomb for the summer! :)

6:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

to tracie b.
yes ercolino bros are the founders fo feudi. i had their soavemente last nite,it is a blend of fiano and greco..its absolutely amazing...

2:58 PM


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