Il Verro

Terre del Volturno | Formicola

Il Verro is rooted in a friendship among five teenagers who met in the 1960s. Some 40 years later, they reconvened where they had spent their childhoods. Amid 14 hectares agriculture are 4 hectares reserved for vines—all wildly rare grapes indigenous to this remote reach of northern Campania. Volcanic soils have discouraged both phylloxera and replanting, gifting the region with a wealth of native grapes—casavecchia, pallagrello nero and bianco, and the ultra-rare coda di pecora. Respect for these historic varieties compel Cesar and his team to organic farming practices and a purist cellar style.

Il Verro 2021 "Lautonis" Casavecchia

Casavecchia’s story traces an arc of near loss and rediscovery. Little is known about the grape’s heritage, which, Cesare notes, is the very reason it is so fascinating to pursue. “What is clear,” D’Agata proclaims, “is that it has found its protectors in Caserta. Despite its poor productivity and low vigor, Casavecchia is here to stay.” Casavecchia Lautonis is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After racking off the gross lees, it waits for the completion of malolactic fermentation in steel, and then another racking is done. The wine is raised in steel tanks until April or May.

  • 2021
  • Casavecchia
  • Italy
  • Compania
  • Terre del Volturno
  • Certified Organic
  • Volcanic, sand
  • 8 months stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • <1.0
  • 750 ml

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