Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wine of the Week: Tenuta Scuotto Fiano Di Avellino

Italian white wines have seen a resurgence in recent years, straying away from the typical varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Moscato. This revival has paved the way for more indigenous Italian white grape varietals, one of which is Fiano di Avellino. Fiano is known as the "classical vine" of southern Italy due to it's likely origins in ancient Roman viticulture and was perhaps even cultivated by the ancient Greeks. It’s stylistically versatile due to its smoky, nut like, spicy quality; yet it can also be clean, crisp, with precise minerality. Pair with delicate fish and even tomato and meat based dishes, uncommon for other white wines.

Tenuta Scuotto was founded in 2009 by Eduardo Scuotto and his son Adolfo. They were drawn to Irpina in Campania as a location ideal for the production of wines made from indigenous grapes such as Fiano, Aglianico, Greco, and Falanghina. Adolfo now works as the manager of marketing and sales, representing the winery to the public. Scuotto aims to provide the market with products that are different, yet authentic, expressions of the terroir; products which are able to convey their unique identity when tasted. Each aspect of their production is characterized by respect for the traditions of the land, while at the same time avoiding uniformity. Tenuta Scuotto limits vine yields, pays great attention to detail, and harvests by hand, all to achieve the highest quality raw product. Their original goal in coming to Irpina and founding the winery was to produce only high quality wines. But what sets them apart from other producers, is the passion. Passion drove Eduardo and Aldofo to start this project despite its high level of investment and many costs.

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