La Fortezza Falanghina del Sannio Taburno, La Fortezza Greco Sannio, and La Fortezza Fiano Sannio are made here in the Campania region of Italy in an area called Sannio – which is also known as the densest vineyard in Italy. The La Fortezza winery is known for showcasing indigenous varietals from the region that may be lesser known here in the USA.
La Fortezza Falanghina del Sannio Taburno
The Falanghina del Sannio Taburno is made from 100% Falanghina grapes—maybe you have never heard of the Falanghina grape. The Falanghina grape is an ancient Italian grape that is thought to be the grapes used to make the most renowned wine in ancient Rome, Falerian. If you like crisp, citrus whites, you might fall in love with this beautiful wine made from an ancient varietal in a gorgeous place! James Suckling has given this wine a 91 point rating.
La Fortezza Fiano Sannio
The Fiano Sannio is made from 100% Fiano grapes. The Fiano variety has been grown in southern Italy for hundreds of years, and it has been suggested that this is one of Pliny the Elder's viti apiane (although this is now widely contested). The first mention of Fiano comes in the 13th Century, and just prior to the phylloxera crisis of the late 19th Century, the grape was widely planted in Campania. The Fiano varietal was almost forgotten until the 1970s and 1980s when it was rediscovered first by local producers and then by consumers. Now, wines made from Fiano are very much in vogue. The wine displays plenty of peach and fresh-pineapple notes to fill out the medium-full body. Fresh and quite long, in spite of the moderate acidity. James Suckling has given this wine a 90-point rating.
La Fortezza Greco Sannio
Greco Sannio is made from 100% Greco Bianco grapes. The ancestor of the Greco vine may have been brought to southern Italy more than 2,500 years ago by ancient Greek settlers. The Greco varietal, as well as some of the other lesser-known Italian varietals, were in danger of disappearing after World War II. But the efforts of family winemakers, such as Enzo Rillo, the founder of La Fortezza, have helped revive Greco, Falanghina and Fiano’s fortunes. The wine itself has a bright, lemon character and a hint of smoke. Long, very clean finish with some mineral character. James Suckling has given this wine a 92 point rating.
Kim Weiss - Owner of Spirits & Spice