Wine Profile Full-bodied, fruity taste with fine notes
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When the full moon rises to its zenith and dips the vineyards in front of the city walls into prodigious light it is time for a miraculous spectacle once again: packs of wolves make their way up to the vineyards. Campania, one of Italy’s oldest wine growing regions is the home of the wolves. Up in the vineyards they stand sentinel over their most precious and beloved gift of nature: the vines of La Guardiense. Home to the extremely rare varieties of Falanghina and Aglianico, the sprit of the wolves, the distinctive climate and the volcanic soils are explicitly reflected in these excellent iconic wines from La Guardiense.
In 1960 thirty-three founding members started what is now the Cooperativa Agricola La Guardiense. Today La Guardiense consists of over 1000 winegrowers, a strong cooperative which cultivates grapes for premium wines and sparkling wines on an acreage of approx. 2000 hectares. The grapes for the Guardiolo DOP Falanghina and Aglianico are exclusively grown on the slopes of the municipalities of Guardia Sanframondi, San Lorenzo Maggiore, San Lupo and Castelvenere. The predominant loamy lime soils that form the slopes underlying the vineyards make for wines with a nose of great aromatic finesse and a remarkable elegance on the palate.
Game dishes, roast beef, age cheese
The farming co-operative La Guardiense, which is one of the biggest in Italy, was founded in 1960 by 33 farsighted and courageous farmers. Today it counts around 1,000 farmer members. They are direct winegrowers cultivating their own respective grapes on around 1,500 hectares of vineyards situated mainly on hilly soils at an average height of 350 metres and with a yearly grape production of about 220,000 quintals.
Great attention is paid to the environmental sustainability which is adopted at each stage of the transformation process using renewable energy produced by its own innovative photovoltaic system.
The Co-operative uses one of the most important systems for the production of its sparkling wine in all southern Italy.
But there is more to the winery than a list of numbers. It has been led by only three different presidents over the last 50 years, although it has been very successful in adapting to the new era and to the many market changes that have occurred over this time, thus becoming a symbol of the technological progress for the entire province of the Sannio region combining as it does experience and modernity.