(MONTEMARANO, AVELLINO) Amarano is a family business that produces traditional Irpinia wines such as Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano d’Avellino and many others.
The grapes ferment on indigenous yeasts in steel and then aged for a long time in barriques and large oak barrels. The processes respect both the territoriality and the typicality (grapes in purity). Before being marketed, the Amarano Taurasi are aged in the cellar for 7-8 years to reach their best balance between acidity and tannins.
The vinification of the white wines Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Greco di Tufo DOCG, Irpinia Coda di Volpe DOC takes place with aging on the fine lees for 8 months. For this reason white wines are marketed at least 1 year after the harvest. Thanks to a new production disciplinary of 2020 it is possible to label these wines as Fiano di Avellino RISERVA and Greco di tufo RISERVA starting from the 2019 harvest.
The History of Amarano
The Amarano company is based in the wine-growing heart of Montemarano in Contrada Torre, in the province of Avellino, on gentle hills in front of the village of Castelfranci, an area of wine excellence for the production of Taurasi.
Here the gaze makes room between gentle hills where rivers meander and innumerable lakes, woods and mountains covered with chestnut, beech and oak trees follow one another, caressing the vineyards with their mountain breezes. As is well known, the most beautiful places are often also the most suitable for the production of wines. And it is in fact here that Amarano was born in 2004.
The company is family-run, led by Lucia Storti and Adele Romano, assisted in the cellar by the winemaker Carmine Valentino. Today Amarano has over 7 hectares and specializes in the production of Irpinia wines of great interest and characterized by a marked longevity, like few others in the appellation.
Among these, the prestigious red wine based on Aglianico ‘Taurasi’ stands out, considered one of the most elegant and long-lived Italian red wines. In the past, Taurasi was often referred to as the “Barolo of the South”, but today it enjoys its own prestige, charm and international success, as a fine wine that interprets the sensational “terroir” of Irpinia.
Other wines to consider include other Aglianico-based labels, but also the inevitable white wines of Irpinia such as Greco di Tufo, Fiano d’Avellino and Coda di Volpe.
Terroir of Amarano wines
Amarano is located near the medieval village of Castelfranci in Upper Irpinia. Here there are over 7 hectares of vineyards with varying exposures and altitudes ranging around 700 meters above sea level (among the highest in the appellation).
Irpinia is a historical region of the Campania Apennines, very different from the rest of Campania for pedoclimatic conditions.
It is in fact a hilly mountainous plateau where rivers and streams meander, and countless lakes, woods and mountains covered with chestnut, beech and oak trees follow one another.
The climate of Irpinia is continental pre-alpine, characterized by strong temperature variations given by the important altitudes, essential for the olfactory finesse of the wines and the acidity that gives great freshness to the wines.
The Irpinia soils where Amarano wines are born are of volcanic origin, particularly rich in mineral micronutrients. On the surface there are mainly limestone layers, which emphasize the floral character of Aglianico, while the hills are made up of arenaceous and clayey deposits, a characteristic that particularly distinguishes Amarano, essential for giving great flavor, structure and longevity to wines.
These pedoclimatic characteristics of the Amarano vineyards are extremely favorable for an excellent ripening of the grapes, and for the production of wines with great structure, strength and character, especially for native varieties such as the autochthonous ones of Campania.
Traditional vines are the protagonists of the production of Amarano wines, which find an ideal habitat in the hills of Irpinia, giving life to rich, intense wines with great olfactory expressiveness that particularly enhance the savory mineral tones and deep aromas.
Philosophy of Amarano wines
The link with the tradition of Irpinia and the territory is certainly an essential element in the production of Amarano wines, but tradition, as well as has been learned in Campania, to be effective cannot ignore the dialectic with the present.
For this reason Amarano exclusively vinifies vines belonging to the Irpinia tradition, without being seduced by easy homologating exoticisms, but making the most of what this extraordinary territory can offer.
The philosophy of Amarano wines is based on very low yields (no more than 50 quintals per hectare), the absence of invasive chemicals in the vineyard, and phytosanitary treatments that comply with the protocols envisaged for integrated pest management, but also a use of sulphites reduced to Minimum.
These choices allow Amarano to obtain ‘green’ wines with a sincere and territorial character, but also of great constancy and precision in full respect of biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
Wines of Amarano
The production of Amarano wines reflects the tradition of Irpinia wines, and are mainly included in the DOCG Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, but also in the DOC Irpinia Campi Taurasini and in the IGT ‘Coda Di Volpe’ and ‘Campania Aglianico’ .
Particularly interesting among the Amarano wines is the sensational Taurasi, Principe Lagonessa, which represents the flagship of the production, made from the most suitable vineyards of the company.
It is a wine of rare elegance among the Taurasi, characterized by impeccable precision and enhancement of the varietal character of Aglianico. Amarano Taurasi presses on the nose with eloquent aromas and thrills the palate with tannins with unusual silkiness, favored by long refinements in French oak barriques and tonneaux.
Also of great interest is the excellent Greco di Tufo ‘Cardenio’ white wine, a wine of great flavor, which spreads penetrating sensations of exotic and yellow pulp fruits, floral nuances of chamomile and embellished with hints of salt.
Among the white wines, the Fiano di Avellino ‘Dulcinea’ also stands out, a white wine of sensational structure and enveloping, which traces seductive citrus notes to the nose, and tropical fruits flanked by reminiscences of Mediterranean scrub.
Among the other Amarano wines there is the Coda di Volpe, obtained from the traditional native Irpinia vine of the same name. It is a more long-limbed and floral white wine, very captivating and immediate, which boldly bets on the potential of the grape. Ideal for aperitifs and fish-based first courses.
The production of Amarano wines closes with the four wines of the entry level line of production. These include ‘Malambruno’ Irpinia Campi Taurasini wines and ‘Rosso Malpelo’ Campania Aglianico. But the production of Amarano wines is all about discovery, and makes the most of the territorial expressiveness of this region with a modern look.
All wines of great character, which combine great olfactory finesse, flavor and richness on the palate. Once again, the great expressive potential of the Irpinia terroir is a testimony.
Amarano wines recommended by Italy’s Finest Wines
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Info & Contacts Amarano
Address: c.da Torre, 32 83040 Montemarano – Avellino
Tel: +39 082763351