A happy land of history and white vines 04

L’uva e il vino Falanghina, un pò di storia e un assaggio

The Falanghina vine, of very ancient origin, is becoming a symbol of the enology of Campania region; its small oval grapes produce white wines, mostly dry, but also passiti and sparkling wines (spumanti).

For many years it has been a “maidservant” of more noble and famous vines like Fiano and Greco. But in recent years this vine has been rediscovered starting a time of new glory.

A legend says that one day an old and poor farmer called Falerno met the god Bacchus, and gave him a good and generous hospitality, sharing with him all he had, milk, honey and grapes, which Bacchus particularly appreciated. To thank the farmer properly Bacchus transformed the milk in wine and covered the hills around with flourishing vineyards.

This is the legend… as concerns the history, it is definitely more uncertain. It is likely that, like many other vines, falanghina arrived in the south of Italy from Greece. The origin of its name is also uncertain. It can come from the word falernina (from the falerno vine) or from the latin word phalangae, used by romans to indicate the poles that were used to support the growing vines.

Whatever its origin is, falanghina prospered on the hills of Campania until the beginning of 1900, when a phylloxera disease destroyed most of the vineyards in this region. So, this very ancient vine disappeared, only a few centennial stocks survived and continued to be cultivated, but not diffused. But, during the 70’s, a group of farsighted viticulturists salvaged and righted up this vine. Due to its extreme adaptability and resistance, falanghina is pretty easy to cultivate and gives beautiful wines that can have a very fair price.

Falanghina dry, also from late harvest, perfectly matches with sea food and with mediterranean “primi piatti” of pasta with vegetables, legumes soups, chicken and turkey, and soft young cheese.

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