AZIENDA AGRICOLA GUIDO MARSELLA, Summonte, Avellino
Fiano is a varietal that has been lauded since antiquity, its name evolving from the Latin ‘Vitis Apiana’ (‘beloved by bees’). The Avellino DOCG is the heartland for production of the most aristocratic expressions of the varietal: its height above sea level means significant diurnal temperature differences and therefore high acidities; volcanic and calcareous soils ensure that the grapes develop marked terroir characters of toasted hazelnut, smoke and mineral; the lee of the Appenines provides a sheltered, sunny microclimate.
Guido Marsella handcrafts a highly terroir-expressive 100% Fiano from his four hectares located in the Summonte sub-zone. He sprang to prominence when Paolo Massobrio and Marco Gatti rated his Fiano 1999 as one of ‘Italy’s Top 100 Wines’ Guido harvests as late as possible to ensure optimum ripeness, then ferments only in stainless steel tanks and then cellars the wine for 18 months before release. The result is a completely unique wine with powerful and complex aromas of yellow fruit, flowers, smoke, mineral and toasted hazelnut.