Many universities have made a case history of Feudi di San Gregorio which, in a mere fifteen years, has become one of the best known and most important wineries of Italy’s south. This thanks to a project conceived with adequate means, clear objectives, and much determination on the part of the Ercolino and Capaldo families. The house takes its name from Saint Gregory, a district in the township of Sorbo Serpico, a small town in the Irpinia area of Campania near Taurasi (the finest spot in the entire region for Aglianico wines), not far from the Sannio area of Benevento and the Via Appia, the true epicenter of what used to be called Principato Ultimo.
In this area the landscape is characterized by hillsides, at time rolling, at time steep, with altitudes which range from 1300 to 2000 feet above sea level. The soils are a mix of sedimentary strata and volcanic ash, and the climate is particularly suited to the cultivation of the vine. The house owns 250 acres of vineyards, all cultivated with rigorous criteria which emphasize quality rather than quantity. The cellars not only are functional and modern, equipped with the finest technology, but spectacular and intriguing as well, and the entire ambience is of great interest: on the upper floor of the cellars is a restaurant, Marenna, which in a short space of time has come to be considered one of the finest of the region. The range of wines is quite complete, but with well known top-of-the-line offerings. The first, without a doubt, is Patrimo, a Merlot which has blazed in new trail in the region’s oenology, a wine which is supple and complex at the same time. But it is the native varieties, cultivated in single crus, which best communicate the house style and philosophy: the Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine, an austere and elegant red wine, and Serpico, (which takes its name form the mountain above Sorbo Serpico), a more modern type of Aglianico, round and rich. And, to continue, there are the Greco di Tufo Cutizzi, a tasty white wine, concentrated and persistent, the Fianco di Avellino Pietracalda, even more characterized and very mineral. Last but not least, Campanaro, a successful blend of Greco and Fiano, a singular wine.