Terra di Briganti (‘Land of the Brigands’) takes its intriguing name from its location where in the late 1800s as Italy underwent unification and Garibaldi took back the city of Naples in 1860, the brigands or modern-day freedom fighters sought rest and solace here. In the hills of Casalduni near Benevento, just a couple of hours’ drive from Naples,Terra di Briganti is a small family-run business that has been expertly working the rich land for generations and today is committed to continue their ‘art’ by harvesting using organic farming methods. The vines receive maximum sunlight from their position on the gently sloping hills and the grapes are low-yield. Photovoltaic panels have been installed to harness yet more energy from the already abundant natural resources.
Terra di Briganti’s wines are certified organic wines, they have reduced the amount of sulphites (sometimes not adding them at all as in the case of Fiano) and they make their bottles lighter to reduce carbon dioxide levels. This is all done to respect the land and the unique quality of the wine produced reflects this care and maybe even hints at the area’s rebellious past. It would be worth hiding out here for a while and seeing what they come up with next.
Art House Wine has selected three of southern Italy's best-loved wines:
Fiano: clean, dry natural white (no sulphites added)
Falanghina: crisp, dry white (reduced levels of sulphites)
Aglianico: full bodied red (reduced levels of sulphites)
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