Tenuta Adolfo Spada, Ernesto & Vicenzo Spada

Italy, Campania

 
 

Sustainable


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The Tenuta Adolfo Spada began in 1973, when Adolfo Spada acquired the Galluccio property, in the extreme north of Campania. His dream was to produce high quality wines in one of Campania’s most prestigious growing areas. This province of Caserta is the origin of the Falernum wine so celebrated by the ancient Romans and whose praises were sung by Horace (65BC-8AD), its original home right in these fertile fields.   The Tenuta today comprises 30 hectares, of which 25 are planted vineyards. The winery and its vineyards are surrounded by the untouched nature and dense chestnut forests that characterise the landscape of the volcanic complex of Roccamonfina.   While springtime here offers a spectacle of flowering crocuses, ranunculi, primroses, orchids, anemones, and violets, in autumn, when the tree foliage is aflame with reds and yellows, comes the moment of the chestnut harvest, particularly the local variety known as the "Tempestiva", and of every kind of mushroom that the forest offers up.  Roccamonfina is the Campania region’s most ancient volcano and according to experts, there are many similarities between Roccamonfina’s volcanic characteristics and those of Vesuvius. The winery’s soils, at elevations of about 300 metres, form rocky embankments made up primarily of volcanic ash, along with tuff, pumice, sand, and ashes. The abundant presence of vegetable matter in the geological formations, besides affecting soil structure, renders the soils very fertile, with quite positive effects both on the organic content and on other physio-chemical properties.  Tenuta Adolfo Spada’s extensive vineyards exhibit, at depths varying from 5 to 12 metres, a notable stratum of basalt up to 20 metres in thickness.  Up to the late 1990s, the tenuta has always focused on high-quality grape production, which won the estate numerous medals in provincial and regional competitions. But an encounter in 2000 with Riccardo Cotarella, world-famous figure in the wine world, provided the wine project with a definitive direction. The vineyards were partially re-planted and trained to systems that would yield crops of even higher quality that today are the signature traits of the winery.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Gallicius Falanghina D.O.C. Falanghina N/A Sustainable
Gallicius Greco I.G.T. Greco N/A Sustainable
Gladius Aglianico I.G.T. "Roccamonfino" 5% Aglianico, 15% Piedirosso 12 years Volcanic derived silt Sustainable