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Coda di Volpe Sannio DOP "Janare" La Guardiense
- Region: Campania
- Type: Still, white wine
- Proof: 13/13,5%
- Wine Variety: 100% Coda di Volpe
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: From vineyards located in the Sannio Benevento area in a hilly area. Maturation and aging in stainless steel. Service temperature 10/12 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: The shape of the bunch that, especially for the curve in the upper part, is reminiscent of the tail of a fox, all made even more likely by the color of ripe grapes that also recalls fox fur.
"Minus tamen, caudams vulpium imitata..."
The Coda di Volpe is a vine that has ancient history, probably due to ancient Greece if not even earlier. Certainly, it is already present and widespread in Campania during the Roman era. Already Pliny the Elder, in his Naturalis Historia, cites "minus tamen, caudams vulpium imitata, alopecia". The name derives from the shape of the bunch that has a curvature in the upper part that makes it look like a foxtail. This characteristic and this name, essentially always confirmed in history, characterize the vine variety whose identity has been recognized and confirmed over the centuries. For a long time, it was considered a minor vine variety due to its high alcohol content and the low acidity level that reduced its longevity. It was used to make other wines, characterized by excessive acidity and reduced alcohol content, softer. Since the 80s the stubbornness of some forward-looking producers, especially in Benevento, has led the Coda di Volpe to produce a wine of great equilibrium vinified in purity thus enhancing an ancient native vine.
A Benevento in London
You remember your last year of university, during your experience abroad, in London. You shared an old apartment with 5 students all foreigners except a nice and sunny girl from Benevento. Often, on Sundays, you all ate together each time with specialties from the Country of each one. One Sunday it was up to the Italians and the friend of Benevento, knowing your proverbial inability in the kitchen, gave you the task of procuring the wine. Asked the menu, very Neapolitan, discover that the first course is a classic of the local peasant culture: pasta and peas. Go out in search of wine and remember that not far away from you, at 44 of The Mall, there is a nice Italian restaurant, the "Coda di Volpe", a name dedicated to the rarely known Italian wine. Once in the restaurant, you explain the dish your friend is preparing and ask for some advice. The patron, with a broad smile, confirms that for Pasta and Peas the Coda di Volpe is the perfect match!! You certainly trust him and buy 3 bottles of Coda di Volpe la Guardiense that will make your Sunday with guests coming from the middle of the world really Beneventano. In the heart of London.
A real Neapolitan
It is an only Neapolitan vine variety/ wine. Present in the provinces of Avellino, Benevento, Caserta and Naples. In Benevento it is present in the DOC Coda di Volpe Taburno and Sannio and, in a smaller percentage, in the DOC Solopaca Bianco. It is also used in the Avellino area for the DOCG Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo as well as in Naples for the Lacryma Christi Bianco and Campi Flegrei and some IGT in the Casertano area. Not often used in the province of Salerno.