Falanghina Campi Flegrei
Protected Designation of Origin
It has been said that this variety entered unmistakable of this grape variety into Italy from the port of Cuma, an ancient colony founded in 700 BC at the foot of the Phlegrean Fields. The Greeks cultivated their vines by leaving them to crawl on the ground. In Italy, however, this type of training system produced moldy grapes. So the settlers were forced to look for an alternative. This was how the first winemakers understood that by lifting the vines off the ground and attaching them to wooden poles, in Latin phalangae, they avoided the onset of botrytis. From these support systems Vinum Album Phalanginum was born, ancestor to our Falanghina.
Grape variety |
Production area |
predominately sandy and loamy
Training system |
Harvest period |
first part of October
Technical prefermentation |
2 weeks in stainless steel
Fermentation temperature |
14° - 18° C
a few months on the lees and in the bottle
Alcohol content |
Straw yellow with golden hues and barely hinted shades of green. The high density of this wine is obvious by swirling the glass lightly. The scent is sweet and delicate with dominant notes of mature fruit and honey. Its taste manifests an elevated fullness and smoothness accompanied by a good persistence characterized by honeyed sensations and subtle spicy tones. It should be drunk young, within its first two years, for its complete aromatic refinement that is revealed slowly in the glass. It should not be tasted too cold, but at about 12° - 14° C.
Teams up masterfully to raw seafood, shellfish like steamed oysters, prawns, shrimp and fresh fish carpaccio. Not to underestimate a vegetable risotto pairing and, in particular with wild asparagus as well as all grilled vegetables.
La Falanghina deriva probabilmente da antichi ceppi greco-balcanici e sembra dovere il suo nome al suo portamento espanso, per cui tradizionalmente veniva legata a pali di sostegno detti "falanga", da cui Falanghina, ossia "vite sorretta da pali".
Il vitigno si presenta con grappoli di medie dimensioni, lunghi e compatti a forma cilindrica e alati su un lato. I chicchi hanno dimensioni medie, a forma sferica con concentrazioni medie di pruina sulle bucce spesse con colori grigi a riflessi gialli. È abbastanza vigoroso, con rese nella media, costanti, e vendemmie che iniziano a partire dalla terza settimana di settembre.