Fattoria Galardi, Terra di Lavoro, 2008

Fattoria Galardi, Terra di Lavoro, 2008

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    Aglianico 80%, Piedirosso 20%

The family owned Galardi estate produces just one wine and it does so with perfection.

Located on volcanic slopes in northwestern Campania, the vineyards are nestled among chestnut groves and benefit from Mediterranean Sea breezes. Terra di Lavoro actually means "land of work" in Italian, a name that has historical roots, but also accurately reflects the difficult volcanic soil composition which results in very low yields. In this challenging environment, Aglianico and its supporting grape Piedirosso produce wines of incredible depth, complexity and elegance.

The wine is deep purple in colour with smoky, earthy aromas and hints of tobacco and graphite. Notes of ripe black cherries, cassis, tobacco and leather come through on the palate of this big-structured, full-bodied wine. This iconic wine pairs beautifully with Italian or French pot roasts, filet mignon or aged cuts of beef.

About Fattoria Galardi

Galardi is a winery located in Italy in north-western Campania, established in 1991. It makes a single wine under the Roccamonfina IGT, Terra di Lavoro, from the native varieties Aglianico and Piedirosso.

The estate is made up of around 10 hectares (25 acres) of hillside vineyards with volcanic soils. These vineyards are about 1300ft (400m) above sea level and are planted solely to Aglianico and Piedirosso. Yields at the estate are low – only a couple of thousand bottles of Terra di Lavoro are produced annually.

Terra di Lavoro, meaning Land of Work, relates to the challenging cultivation of fruit from the estate's rocky soils. The wine is composed of 80 percent Aglianico and 20 percent Piedirosso and spends one year in new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Grape variety

Aglianico is a red grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, mostly Basilicata and Campania. It is considered with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo to be one of the three greatest Italian varieties. Aglianico is sometimes called "The Barolo of the South" (il Barolo del Sud) due to its ability to produce highly refined, complex fine wines like the famous Piedmont wine, Barolo.

Wines produced from Aglianico tend to be full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, endowing them with good aging potential. The rich flavours of the wine make it appropriate for pairing with rich meats such as lamb. In Campania, the grape is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the production of some Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) wines.

In its youth, Aglianico is very tannic and concentrated, requiring a few years of ageing before it can be approachable. As it ages, the fruit becomes more pronounced and the tannins more balanced with the rest of the wine. The trademark colouring of the wine is a deep garnet. In well made examples of the wine, it can have chocolate and plum aromas.

Alternative Names: Agliatica, Ellenico, Ellanico, Gnanico, Uva Nera


Piedirosso is a red Italian wine grape variety that is planted primarily in the Campania region. The grape is considered a specialty of the region, being used to produce wines for local and tourist consumption. Its name "piedirosso" means "red feet" that reflects the bottom of the vine which used to be red similar to the red feet of a pigeon.

The grape is believed to be one of the parent varieties of the central Italy grape Abbuoto, possibly a crossing with Casavecchia. DNA analysis has also shown a close genetic relationship between Piedirosso and the white Campanian wine grape Caprettone that was previously thought to be a clone of Coda di Volpe.

Alternative Names: Palombina, Pere'e Pallummo, Per'e Palumo, Strepparossa

About Roccamonfina IGT

Roccamonfina IGT is one of several IGT wine appellations of Campania, southern Italy. As is the norm for Campania's IGTs, wines made under the Roccamonfina name focus strongly on the traditional and well established Campanian grape varieties.

Red wines are predominantly Aglianico, Piedirosso and Sciascinoso (aka Olivella), with the occasional appearance from Primitivo. Whites typically rely on Fiano, Falanghina, Greco Bianco and Coda di Volpe. The Roccamonfina IGT disciplinare di produzione stipulates that the wines may be red, white or rosé and amabile (slightly sweet), frizzante (lightly sparkling) or passito (sweet).

The name is that of the ancient Roccamonfina volcano, the focal point of the appellation's catchment area. The village of the same name is perched on the south-eastern slopes. In addition, 24 other communes can claim the Roccamonfina IGT title.

Stretching from the Tyrrhenian coast right up into the foothills of the central Apennines, the Roccamonfina viticultural area covers the northernmost slice of Campania. It encompasses the viticultural area of the Falerno del Massico DOC. The latter is the modern-day incarnation of Falernian, an ancient wine often cited in classical literature.

The Roccamonfina volcano was active between 650,000 and 50,000 years ago. The large isolated cone – 25 kilometres (16 miles) in perimeter – lies between the Monti Aurunci, the Monti Trebulani and Monte Massico. Though dormant for many millennia, the volcano still produces minor seismic movements and is the reason for the area's mineral rich waters and soils.

Other IGT titles of significance in Campania include Beneventano, which covers the Benevento province, Terre del Volturno, which traces the course of the Volturno River, Pompeiano, which covers all of Napoli province except the island of Ischia, and Colli di Salerno.

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