Antonio and Daniela De Gruttola, the Owners of Cantina Giardino, seek out old vineyards high in the hills of Irpinia. They champion and preserve the region’s native varietals, and make wine naturally… the old way. All the vineyard work is done by hand, organically, and in the winery, there is a no-nonsense approach to vinification. The grapes ferment naturally with not even so much as temperature control, and as a result, fermentation can take many months to complete. This wine is made of 100% Greco and hails from one of the highest elevation vineyards in Campania. The soil here is blessed with the many volcanic eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius just to the east. Grapes here grow from upwards of 20 meters of volcanic soils, and Greco absolutely thrives in this environment of “tufo”. Once the grapes are pressed, the juice spends two days macerating before fermenting in barrel. Then it’s moved into old chestnut barrels to mature for more than a year.
This is a no joke powerhouse white from southern Italy. Greco down here is locally known as a red in a white’s dress and it’s with good reason… you can drink this white wine after a medium body red and get its full effect. T’ARA RÀ is a savory, complex wine, with good acidity, a minerally driven character, loads of texture, and a whisper of smoke. This is amazing with grilled fish, or smoked meats, try it out with some smoked pasta to get a full-on parallel pairing. We have only a small amount of this wine left so jump on this incredible deal before inventory is gone.