Irpinia is home to some of Italy's oldest vines and can boast a proud tradition of winemaking. The area is centred around the town of Avellino, north-east of Naples, along a network of hills that lead into Southern Italy's share of the Appennine mountains, with soils that are predominantly limestone.
Lapilli, based in the very South-West of the Avellino province, was created in 1996 as a family-run business, and has been meticulously managed by its dedicated team ever since. With vineyards in and around the towns of Montefusco, Tufo, Benevento, Ponte and Torrecuso (which is actually located within the parameters of the beautiful Parco Regionale del Taburno) and vineyards on the hills of Lapio, Forino and Candida, Lapilli has been able to claim a range of sites within the best parcels of Irpinia land. These are a collection of comunes where wine production is the main focus for the local economy and perhaps can account for the diligence of the Lapilli team in their work, and also for their ethos of cherishing advice from older generations who know the land by heart.
The first grapes to be vinified were Fiano di Avellino, followed by Greco di Tufo, Aglianico and Falanghina. Lapilli were keen to develop the vineyards one step at a time, in order to learn as much as possible with each new planting. The Falanghina vines are planted the lowest, at 250-300 metres above sea level in mixed clay soils in vineyards near Benevento and the Parco Regionale del Taburno, whereas the Fiano di Avellino DOCG vineyards are slightly higher at 400 metres in clay and limestone soils and are located on the hills around the town of Avellino. The Greco di Tufo DOCG vines grows in medium textured, limestone soils and make up the highest plantings at 500 metres above sea level, situated in the hilly towns of Tufo and Montefusco. Winemaker Marco Flacco with nearly 20 years of experience, especially as Consultant Winemaker for various wineries in Abruzzo, has brought a fresh approach to the wineries activities and aims, and is an enthusiastic advocate of clean, varietal flavours.
In a region traditionally renowned for its premium wines, Lapilli have aimed to make these fabulous wines a little more accessible without compromising on the quality. The result is a range of enticing, elegant wines that represent fantastic value for money and yet still boast outstanding varietal aromas and flavours, complexity and reliable, clean consistancy.