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FALANGHINA BENEVENTANA DOC La Guardiense
- Region: Campania
- Type: Still white wine
- Proof: 13/13,5%
- Wine Variety: 100% falanghina
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: From vineyards located in the Sannio Beneventano area. Maturation and aging in stainless steel. Service temperature 8/10 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: Falanghina is perhaps the oldest native vine variety characterized by white wine grape of Campania. In 2014 (difficult year) Falanghina Janare received the Three Gambero Rosso Glasses.
The Falanghina family: the cousins of Campania
As mentioned, Falanghina is almost certainly the oldest native vine variety/ wine from Campania. The origin is uncertain even if researchers trace the arrival of Falanghina with the first Greek settlers in the Campania area. The name probably derives from the Roman term "falangae", that is the screw support pole particularly used for Falanghina. A particularity in the name lies in the fact that, even with a series of changes, it has always maintained a name with strong similarities up to the present day. For some of these similarities, such as Falerna or Falernina, some have hypothesized, without certain confirmation, that it could have been used for the vinification of the historic Roman Falerno. Over the centuries we have always had traces and documents that validated the existence of Falanghina itself, we talked about it with particularity from 800, until the 70s of the last century, in which we identified two big types of Falanghina: that of Flegrea and that of Benevento. The Flegrea eventually includes both the area of Campi Flegrei proper and the area of Naples and Caserta. That Beneventana, discovered much more recently, is based on the identification of genetic characteristics such as to distinguish it from that of Flegrea. Falanghina Beneventana is generally distinguished from that Flegrea for a greater consistency, a good alcohol content and a sensitive acidity that guarantees good preservability, longevity and ease in making sparkling or raisin wines. Falanghina, despite having undergone significant damage from Phylloxera, has shown a superior resistance compared to other vines, and in some areas, such as Lake Averno, a small production of Falanghina with a free-standing has been maintained, which contributed to the repopulation of the vine variety. In short, the two Falanghine are substantially as "cousins" of the same family. The Falanghina Janare is of the Beneventano type.
An Italian cuddle
You are in Sorrento for a business convention. At the gala dinner, on the terrace of one of the most beautiful and scenic hotels, despite the fatigue you are in tension because you would like everything to end in the best way. During the fish-based meal, accompanied by a beautiful Falanghina, you finally decide to enjoy in peace that wonderful place that hosts you. Finally, when the dinner is over, and the guests were dismissed, you decline the invitation of some colleagues to drink a Limoncello together and you walk slowly in a wonderful and silent Sorrento. You are accompanied by the good taste of dinner and Falanghina that you drank. You understand that you need a cuddle, when by chance you are in front of the Pastry Spring of the Ice Cream Master Antonio Cafiero which is closing. You're sure that this is the cuddle you were thinking of and ask for an ice cream. Cafiero doesn't ask you which taste but, surprisingly, asks you what you have eaten and drank at dinner and magically combines, a wonderful ice cream with the taste of Falanghina and peaches. Smiling, you realize that only in our strange and marvellous Country such things can happen.
White spread in the south
Campi Flegrei, Naples, Vesuvius, Amalfi Coast, Caserta and Benevento. It is also found in Molise and Puglia especially in the province of Foggia.