Learn more about Giancarlo Barbieri di Sertura and his Sertura winery in the Irpinia district in Campania!
Sertura Winery – An artisanal winemaker in Irpinia, Campania
The Sertura winery is located in Irpinia, Campania, only 40 km from Naples and 30 km from Salerno. Giancarlo has worked as an agronomist for more than 20 years but he only started his own winery in Campania about 7-8 years ago.
His farm in Irpinia, Campania, comprises 5 hectares of vineyard plots where most of the land is at an altitude of 400 meters. Greco di Tufo is his flagship wine and it covers about 50% of his total production. One of the important traits of the Greco di Tufo is its minerality.
There is also a difference between the two districts where he has his Greco di Tufo vineyards. In the Santa Paolina district, the typical traits of the Greco di Tufo are the notes of citrus fruits, ripe fruits, and a herby touch while in the commune of Prata the notes of hydrocarbon are more dominating.
Fiano di Avellino & Aglianico
Giancarlo also produces Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Taurasi DOCG, and Aglianico DOC.
Another interesting thing is that Giancarlo makes only monovarietal wines. Apart from the Taurasi DOCG, the wines are furthermore all matured in steel tanks. He has a policy of releasing the wines a year later to the market in order to have them age and settle a bit longer.
Furthermore, Giancarlo believes in maintaining the traditional approach to winemaking in Irpinia by trying to do things manually as much as possible. He finds it important to give expression to the singular vintage.
Taurasi DOCG – A Signature Wine of Irpinia
Regarding the Taurasi DOCG, Giancarlo only produces around 1000 bottles a year. His Aglianico vineyard plots are on an altitude of 500 meters. The harvest of the Aglianico grapes is generally very late, that is towards the end of October or at the beginning of November. In 2017, the harvest was about 15 days anticipated due to the very warm year.
For the Taurasi DOCG, he uses oak because it is required according to the regulation. His philosophy here is to mainly use big oak casks though.
Giancarlo at Sertura winery is a smaller producer – a wine artisan – that is on the rise in Irpinia. Also, Irpinia is making its voice heard more and more. See my article Ciak Irpinia – A Territory of the Big Wine Rock Stars.
Here in this episode, we talk about:
- Talking about his Greco di Tufo wines (4:50 min), (8:40 min), (12:20 min), (14:30 min)
- Policy of monovarietal wines (7:00 min)
- Climate conditions in Irpinia, Campania (8:00 min)
- Terroir in Irpinia, Campania (16:00 min; English 17:20 min)
- Talking about Fiano di Avellino DOCG (circa 23:20 min; English 25:20 min)
- Talking about Aglianico – Taurasi DOCG (circa 24:00 min; English 27:00 min)
- The philosophy of using mainly steel for the maturation of his wines (circa 28:00 min)
- Food & Wine pairing (37:00 min)
- …and much more
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