2018 Cenatiempo 'Gran Tifeo Bianco' Falanghina
Region: Campania < Italy
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; volcanic soils; fermented in concrete and stainless steel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal SO2; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Pasquale CenatiempoWe seriously love volcanic soil whites from Campania, so we were excited when Pasquale from Cenatiempo started making this lovely 100% Falanghina. Two summers ago, we had the pleasure of visiting Pasquale and his wife Francesca on the island of Ischia, just an hour’s ferry ride from the city of Naples -- a shockingly un-touristy and stunning place so close to Napoli’s dirty, bustling alleyways and port. Pasquale's family founded the present-day winery nearly 100 years ago, always guided by the notion that wine is made in the vineyards not the cellar. I won’t lie, it was pretty dreamy – we walked the steep, terraced vineyards and the 14th-century cellar, ate a lovely meal and drank Pasquale’s beautiful wines while talking global politics late into the night. I have a new appreciation for hard work and passion required to make wine here, as well as for the unique terroir that drives these wines.
While Pasquale farms his own vineyards on the island of Ischia, this wine comes from organic fruit he purchased from a friend on mainland Campania, a region where Falanghina is king and soils are deeply volcanic. Zesty, salty, flinty and mineral-driven, with lush tropical and stone fruit, this might be the best beach wine, boat wine, pool wine – party people, stock up!!