The Pietracupa Winery was founded in the early 1990’s, situated in Montefredane, near Avellino, a mountainous terrain where elevation is key, in producing wines with great character. Here the young and talented Sabino Loffredo took over the running of the winery in 1999, and quickly gained a reputation within Italy and abroad, for some of the best Greco and Fiano wines around; his Greco, in particular, is considered by many to be the single best example of this variety.
In 2006 Gambero Rosso Guide awarded Pietracupa with the “Up and coming winery of the year”. The first time a winery in Campania has been given this special award. In 2008 Gambero Rosso Guide awarded Pietracupa a ‘tre bicchiere’, to the Greco Di Tufo, a first for a non oaked Greco.
Sabino himself is seen as an extrovert, however his wines are much more serious.
The soil in the vineyard contains a thin layer of clay & sand over a compact core of tufa rock, the legacy of the ancient volcanoes that made up the majority of inland Campania. The volcanic rock is responsible for the mineral and chalk elements that make up these incredibly pure, crystal clear wines.
The Greco displays a restrained floral nose, white fruits and a long mineral palate with great acidity and definition. By Sabino’s own admission, it’s a wine that he feels will provide so much more for those who have the patience to wait. In 2018, Tom Hyland, writing in Forbes magazine stated: ‘The textbook Greco di Tufo, and my choice year in and year out as Italy’s best white wine. Unparalleled minerality and varietal purity.’
The Fiano has power, complexity and restraint, herbal and mineral notes with texture, great acid backbone and length.
Not content in perfecting Fiano and Greco, Sabino went to search for an ideal location to produce the ‘Barolo of the South’, Taurasi and purchased just under 2 hectares of land in Torre La Nocelle, planting Aglianico vines for making his exceptional Taurasi. Within several years, the Taurasi made with the noble Aglianico grape, like the whites, have shown restraint but plenty of class and body; earth, red stewed fruits and animal notes culminating with a long white peppery finish.
Pietracupa wines represent his style and his idea of the wine world. He is one of the most successful examples of how a small producer can produce great wines that also have wonderful ageing potential and become magnificently complex in the bottle.
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