2018 Colle di Tilio Fiano, Janare, Sannio DOP, La Guardiense, Campania, Italy
Pale lemon coloured with a nose showing hints of honey, white flowers and peach. Dry and quite full on the palate, with crisp acidity and creamy white fruits. Long and bold on the finish.
In 1960, a group of 33 winemakers in Italy’s central Campania region decided to join together and create a co-operative, and La Guardiense was born. Today, the company has around 1,000 members, who farm over 1500 hectares of vineyards between them along the 40km length of valley and slopes around La Guardia, near Benevento.
This area is part of Sannio, a sub region in the north of Campania, and the hillside vineyards here produce the best grapes as they avoid the extremes of temperatures throughout the year.
It is the Janare range of wines, made from specific vineyard sites, that are these producers greatest achievement. Janare – a local word for a friendly witch, and a nod to the region’s famous history of alleged witchcraft – is a range produced and bottled by the co-op itself. It focuses on native grape varieties, like Fiano, ideally suited to the region’s volcanic soils.
The company’s winery boasts much modern technology, including a fantastic and unique solar power system. Since 2006, the winery has undergone a revolution in quality and innovation, thanks to the company’s decision to employ Riccardo Cotarella, one of Italy’s most famous and well-respected oenologists, and the recipient of several winemaker awards. His influence and experience has transformed the co-op into one of the most important in southern Italy.