The estate was established in 1994 when the first harvest took place. The Romano family have been viticulturists for four generations. Before 1994 the grapes were sold. Clelia Romano and her husband Angelo lived in Boston for 12 years and their daughter Carmela and their son Federico were born in the US. Clelia returned to Irpinia in 1980 when her father in law died. This is a family run estate: Angelo takes care of the vineyards, Carmela and Federico manage the vinification and the marketing, Clelia helps where needed. Angelo Pizzi is the consultant oenologist and Maurizio Petrillo is the consultant agronomist.
The estate is in Arianiello, a small district located in the higher area of the town of Lapio. Lapio is also where most of the Fiano DOCG wine is produced and it is one of the few areas with two DOCG appellations, in this case Fiano DOCG and Taurasi DOCG.
The altitude in Arianiello is 600 meters above sea level. There is a wide temperature range especially in the summer, it is cool at night and warm during the day. The soils are calcareous-clayey with a good drainage and this zone is very airy. The exposure is a full south.
The 8 hectares of Fiano vineyards are located in various subzones of Arianiello, which are Scarpone, Stazzone and Masseria. Each plot has definite characteristics. The wine made from the various plots is blended.
The Romano family have a small vineyard of 0.5 hectares of Aglianico, where the vines are 15 years old, right next to their house and one additional hectare of this variety has been planted. The family also contracts 4 hectares of Aglianico vineyards in Venticano (a town within the Taurasi DOCG appellation).
The new cellar was completed in 2005. The oldest part dates back to 1994. In 2013 a building with a tasting room was completed.
The wines produced are: Fiano di Avellino DOCG, Taurasi DOCG “Andrea”, Irpinia Campi Taurasini DOC “Donna Chiara”, Greco di Tufo DOCG
Year of establishment: 1994
Average annual production: 60,000 (bottles)
Total vineyard extension (hectares): 8
Planted varietals and extension (hectares): Fiano - 8 ha
Vine training system: Guyot
Cultivation method in the vineyard: the aisles (between the rows of vines) are tilled
Type of viticulture: integrated/sustainable
Harvest period: First half of October
Agronomist: Maurizio Petrillo
Oenologist: Angelo Pizzi