Azienda Agricola Mustilli

Sant’Agata dei Goti | Campania

 

mustilli_producerHome to the Mustilli family since the fourteenth century, the region of Sannio has always been the heart of fine wines in Campania. Ancient Romans coveted wines grown on its volcanic-fed soils, and writers like Pliny and Horace sang the region’s praises.

Fast-forward centuries to when a new generation of vine-growers believed that Campania’s future was not in Merlot or Chardonnay but in Piedirosso and Falanghina, grapes that once thrived in Sannio but had been long overlooked.

Leading the way, Leonardo Mustilli bottled the first single-varietal Falanghina wine in the late 1970s, showing not only Italy but also the world just how distinctive Campanian wines could be.

Mustilli is a pioneer in Campania for its role in preserving the historic grapes of one of Italy’s oldest vine-growing regions. Falanghina, Campania’s signature grape, was singlehandedly brought back from obscurity through the dedication of this centuries-old vine-growing clan.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

The family’s three vineyards are located in the village of Sant’Agata dei Goti, some 30 miles inland from Naples. Sant’Agata dei Goti is a sub-area of the Sannio DOC. Importantly, Mustilli is the only winery that produces wine from this sub-area, focusing exclusively on single-varietal wines so that the true character of Campania’s native grapes is allowed to express itself fully.

The estate is certified organic, using natural compost in the vineyards and organic treatments to manage vine disease. Harvest is always by hand, usually in late October to early November, given the cooler weather and altitude inland. Wines are fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged primarily in tank; Aglianico is aged in French oak barrels.

WHITE WINES

Falanghina del Sannio Sant’Agata dei Goti

The estate’s core wine and Campania’s signature grape. The Mustillis singlehandedly brought Falanghina back from obscurity in the late 1970s; their elegant wine is the benchmark against which all other Falanghina wines are measured.

 

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Greco del Sannio Sant’Agata dei Goti

Greco, like Falanghina, is an ancient grape and was most probably the grape used in the most legendary ancient Roman wine, Falernian. Rich and full yet balanced by its mineral core, Greco offers flavors of almonds, apricots and herbs.

 

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RED WINES

Piedirosso del Sant’Agata dei Goti

A native red grape to Campania, Piedirosso (“red feet,” which refers to the red-colored tips of grape stems) thrives on Sannio’s volcanic soils. Full-flavored and juicy, with a refreshing vein of acidity; bramble fruit, red plums, lavender.

 

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Aglianico Sannio

Where Taurasi Aglianico is more muscular and structured, Aglianico from the ancient vine-growing region of Sannio (with its similar volcanic soils) is more mineral, with good acidity and flavors of summer-ripe red fruits.

 

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Established: 1970s
Winemaker: Anna Chiara Mustilli
Region: Italia • Campania • Sant’Agata dei Goti
Vineyard size: 51 acres

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