Giovanni Carlo Vesce is dedicated today to the creation of high-quality wines obtained exclusively from the vinification in purity of the Aglianico grapes of its own production..
Giovanni Carlo Vesce is dedicated today to the creation of high-quality wines obtained exclusively from the vinification in purity of the Aglianico grapes of its own production.
The selection of perfect grapes, the musts free of unpleasant enzymes and other pathogens, determine the production of a very high quality must, with the characteristic territorial identity of the D.O.C. Campi Taurasini.
The lands that he has managed sustainably for over forty years are a valid example of rural biodiversity, protected and preserved through the rational and traditional use of natural resources.
Respecting the vineyards, the ancient traditions, and the rigorous selection of the grapes, GC combines expert winemaking techniques based on a gentle vinification, control of the fermentation temperatures and on continuous monitoring of the wine characters from birth to consumption.
Vinification of Aglianico grapes in the Taurasi production area, gives rise to four types of red-berried wines sanctioned by the disciplinary of Irpinia wines: “Aglianico IGT”, “Irpinia D.O.C.” ,“Irpinia D.O.C Sub-area Campi Taurasini” and “Taurasi DOCG”.
The Aglianico Irpinia D.O.C., Sub-area Campi Taurasini “Case Arse”, comes exclusively from the ancient cru of the vineyard Aglianico Vesce, located in the Case Aarse district of the Municipality of Venticano, along the Strada Regia delle Puglie, later called via Appia (SS n. 7), “Road of the grain”, and today SP n. 234.
The toponym “Case Arse” (Burnt Houses), also known as “Taverne Arse” (Burnt Taverns), derives from inns located along the “road of the grain”, destroyed by a fire in the eighteenth century. That stretch of road traced by the Greeks many centuries earlier, later became the gateway to the Kingdom of Naples for the trafficking of goods and livestock with Puglia. After crossing the Ponterotto bridge (broken bridge) over the river Calore, the goods entering the Kingdom of Naples were subjected to the royal duty, the proceeds of which were donated to the Abbey of Monte Vergine. The taverns in question were strategically placed at the foot of some steep climbs that required the assistance of “reinforcement horses” in addition to those of the wayfarers to help them reach the “Passo della Serra” and the famous “Fiera di Sant’Egidio” (the Sant’Egidio fair) established in 1460. These inns were able to accommodate and refresh both men and animals in transit along the trade route between Puglia and the Kingdom of Naples.
The “Case Arse” vineyard sits upon a clayey sandy soil with pyroclastic coverings, at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level. Replanted in 1970, is reared as a spurred cordon with a yield of 50 quintals per hectare.
The “Case Arse” 2020 wine is an Aglianico D.O.C Irpinia, sub-area Campi Taurasini, with an alcohol content of 14.5 degrees. Vinified in purity (100% Aglianico grapes), Case Arse is a full-bodied red, not filtered, with an intense ruby red color and with hints of spices, sweet berries and licorice. On the palate it is pleasantly tannic, with the characteristic acidity of Aglianico which gives it a remarkable persistence and a pleasing gustatory balance. The ideal combinations include cheese, red meats and complex dishes of the Campania cuisine, yet its harmonious flavor allows it to be paired with delicate dishes with light tastes.
The late grapes, harvested by hand in small baskets at the end of October 2020, were destemmed and immediately started for fermentation for 21 days. After its maturation and refinement in steel, without any filtration, 2,350 bottles of this wine were produced, progressively numbered and left to stabilize for at least six months.
The Aglianico D.O.C. Irpinia, Campi Taurasini “Leo Cubans” comes entirely from the ancient cru of the Aglianico Vesce vineyard located in the Cuorno district of the Municipality of Venticano
The name of this wine derives from the antique wines of the Vesce family called “Vini del Cubante” which for many generations were the finest grapes vinified in the Vesce cellar.
The vines of Aglianico and Coda di Volpe (foxtail), which survived the devastating infestation of phylloxera in the 1800s, lay in the fertile Cubante plain, along the “Via Appia Antica” that led from Benevento to Brindisi. Cubante is a subregion of the Municipality of Calvi (BN) whose name derives from Leo Cubans (the lion lying down). The ancient toponym Leo Cubans refers to the sighting of a sleeping lion right along that stretch of the Via Appia Antica, the scene of the battle between Tiberio Sempronio Gracco and General Annone (2014 BC). One interpretation of this inexplicable sighting suggests that the feline escaped from its transporters during a transfer of African captured beasts toward the Circus Maximus or another Roman menagerie.
Leo Cubans 2020 is an Aglianico Irpinia D.O.C., sub-area Campi Taurasini, with an alcohol content of 14.5 degrees and with the strong identity of its cultivar. It is vinified in purity (100% from Aglianico grapes), exclusively from the grapes of the Vesce’s Cuorno vineyard on a clayey sandy soil with pyroclastic coverings. Leo Cubans is a full-bodied unfiltered red wine, with an intense ruby red color, with hints of spices, sweet berries, and licorice. On the palate it is pleasantly tannic, with the characteristic acidity of Aglianico which gives it a remarkable persistence. The ideal combinations include cheeses, red meats and complex dishes of the Campania cuisine.
The late grapes, harvested by hand in small baskets at the end of October 2020, were destemmed and immediately started for fermentation for 21 days. After the maturation and refinement in steel, without any filtration, 2,350 bottles of this wine were produced, progressively numbered, and left to stabilize for at least six months.