Falanghina del Sannio

The history of this ancient white grape variety, takes place in the ampelographic base of the DO finest wines of Sannio. The etymology of its name is thought to derive from the word 'falanga' pole used to support vines, which represents the boundary between the Greek and Latin viticulture (Muro). It’s discovery and subsequent spread in the province of Benevento, begins in the nineties in the area of Sant'Agata dei Goti. One of the best qualities of this grape is that, regardless of the zone where it is cultivated, the resulting wine has retained its organolepticfeatures.  It is also a wine of success, because it is able to express its worthiness, even in its sparkling version and its raisin version. The Falanghina represents the main grape variety of the DOC Falanghina of Sannio, even in the subareas of Taburno, of Sant'Agata dei Goti, of Solopaca and of Guardiola, and in the types still, late harvest, sparkling and raisin wine. Its leaf is medium or small, wedge-shaped; medium or long cluster of medium size, compact, cylindrical or conical, with short wing; berry medium, spheroid, smooth; thick and firm skin, yellowish-gray colour, with a good bloom attendance. The vigor is good and has an average and constant productivity; it ripens in the second half of September. The Falanghina adapts to different types of soil, including fertile, but the quality is enhanced in the hilly areas and prefers hot, dry climates. It takes advantage of considerably forms of vertical rearing behavior, in particular of the Guyot. It is quite resistant to iodine and sensitive to botrytis, but quite sensitive to late blight especially on the leaves. The sensory profile of the wine of Falanghina grapes, presents a straw-yellow colour with golden reflections. The fragrance is very intense and persistent, dominated by fruity notes of apple and exotic fruits, floral notes of gorse, hawthorn. The  taste is of a pleasant and fresh acidity wine, which is served with dishes of pasta or rice in white sauce or with fish, with vegetable soups, meats, fresh spun cheeses, not very mature. The sparkling wine version is served with risotto and is an all-round wine, the type of passito, is served with yeast dough sweets filled with yellow cream and with yellow fruit tarts.