This sparkling wine made from the Asprinio grape from Cantine Di Criscio is a wonderful alternative to Prosecco. The grape variety seems to be Greco after DNA profiling suggested that the two varieties, Greco and Asprinio are one and the same.
Asprinio is produced around the region of Caserta and no one knows for sure when it was first cultivated to produce sparkling wine. One theory was that when Naples was ruled by the French, the ruling classes missed Champagne and because this grape variety had a high acidic content, it was a perfect candidate for a Neapolitan version of Champagne.
What makes this variety so special is that the locals use the ‘Alberata’ training system in which the vines are trained up tall poplar trees up to a height of 15 metres. Very brave pickers climb tall ladders to tend and cultivate the grapes manually. This system of cultivation is sadly on the decline, however there are a few vineyards that still practice this method of vine cultivation.
The soil that the vines grow in are mainly volcanic.
After crushing, the must is separated from the skins and fermented using the Martinotti method.
In the glass, the wine has a golden yellow appearance, with constant perlage. On the nose, hints of white flowers, lemon, and almonds. In the mouth, it’s full bodied, with a subtle note of white peach, apricot and lemon peel.
Grape variety: 100% Asprinio
Alcohol content: 12%
Serving Temperature: 6-8 celsius
Food pairings: This wine has high acidity and full body. Perfect with appetizers, seafood, risotto, buffalo mozzarella and seasoned cheeses.