I am a Lugana Lover. And I have wanted to drink more wine from Lugana since I was first introduced to the Turbiana grape and the wine region in Italy two years ago. Lugana Turbiana checks all our boxes for beautiful white wine – mineral-driven, elegant and complex, with citrus, salinity and refreshing acidity. Consequently, these wines shine with personality and character in every single sip. They are versatile, approachable, age-worthy, food friendly and wallet friendly. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any during the pandemic. And I looked hard! So, you can imagine my joy when Vigneto Communications sent us this shipment of 2020 Turbiana. Read on to learn more about the region, the grape and the wine.
In a recent Zoom tasting, we were introduced to Donnachiara Winery, located in the province of Avelino on volcanic soils on the slopes of Montafalcione, Italy. Specifically, the winery is in the Irpinia appellation in the Campania region of southern Italy. Vineyards in Fiano di Avellino source the four most important grapes of the area: Greco, Fiano, Falanghina, and Agilanico. Notably, we tasted two wines and met CEO Ilaria Petitto in a Wine Studio education program. Read on for more information on these wines, which are available at Total Wine in the US.