Iovine Gragnano * Penisola Sorrentina, Campania 2017


Gragnano is actually a slightly sparkling red wine that should be served chilled. And with pizza. It’s considered by the local Napoletano to be THE ultimate wine for pizza. Cherries buried in ash, brambly blackberries and sweet plums. It has no tannic bite like a Lambrusco sometimes can, but it sports an edge that comes more from bitter herbs and ground black pepper.

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Iovine Gragnano
Aglianico + Piedirosso + Sciascinoso
Penisola Sorrentina, Campania 2017

Chill it down and knock it back with a pizza. Just do your best to have it with a pizza that looks prototypically Italian, please, and preferably out of a wood fired oven. The Iovine family have been working their total of about 15 hectares of vineyards for over a century and deserve a hearty pat on the back… obtaining their grapes is no easy task as they are tucked away in multiple small sites and on terraces with insanely steep inclines of up to 45% gradient. They are located in places that are barely accessible by road and clearly can only be worked and harvested (very carefully) by hand. These own rooted vines are trained overhead to make the best of the sun exposure and perhaps to insure that only the fittest and most masochistic of vineyard workers can survive a harvest. The harvest is brought down from these extreme sites by mule. Of course.