Nanni Copè

Giovanni Ascione, whose childhood nickname was Nanni Copè, founded the Azienda Agricola Nanni Copè in 2007. This is a unique 2.5 hectare vineyard at Castel Campagnano, on very sandy soils in the upper region of Caserta; beautiful, unspoiled countryside which has allowed Ascione to live out his boyhood dream. Per annum just 7,500 bottles are produced by Nanni Copè of the one label only: Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco.

Giovanni’s guiding philosophy reflects the need to create wines that express the inner power of a wine from the South, but with a Northern Italian style: He therefore tries hard to enhance the extraordinary qualities of the Pallagrello Nero grape variety (his wine is mainly made up with this variety) by creating wines of the utmost elegance and drinkability. The wine is never concentrated or over the top.

Giovanni believes in a maximum expression of the terroir combined with an agronomic philosophy aimed at minimising interventions, excluding the use of herbicides or pesticides. Nanni Copè is in full compliance with the formal constaints of organic agriculture.

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(Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco 2016) "My vote for the best Italian wine of the year. Produced primarily from Palagrello Nero in the province of Caserta in northern Campania by Giovanni Ascione, this wine is a revelation. Power, intensity and structure for the long haul, combined with grace and finesse. Superb!" Tom Hyland, Best Italian Wines Of The Year, Forbes (December 2018)

(Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco 2016) "There’s a veritable explosion of blue fruit here, but the ripeness is spot-on. Blueberries, hot stones, violets, roasted herbs, bark, tea leaves and cedar. The palate is very focused with lithe and velvety tannins that run over layers of finely tuned fruit through to a long, intense finish. What a wine, and a new find for us! Delicious now, but better in 2021." 96 points,  James Suckling (October 2018)

(Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco Terre del Volturno 2015) "Tre Bicchieri" prize, Guida Vini d'Italia 2018, Gambero Rosso