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The vineyards of the province of Aversa, in Campania, offer a sight that is unlike any that can be seen elsewhere in the world: The vines here are "wedded" to poplar trees, on whose trunks they climb to the incredible height of up to 45 feet, thus forming spectacular, green barriers hung with grape bunches. Needless to say, the farmers here are forced to perform acrobatic numbers at harvest time. But this is only one of the peculiarities that make a unique wine of the matchless Asprinio di Aversa. Italian writer Mario Soldati used to call this wine "the little great wine." "It is so difficult to find a sibling, a cousin, some distant relatives to this wine," he wrote, "There are no whites in the world that are so absolutely dry as the Asprinio. None. It's hard to imagine this unless one has tasted this wine." Asprinio grapes are grown only at Aversa. It is a zesty, light wine, whose characteristics are even more accentuated in its sparkling version. It is an elegant and exceptionally good wine. The production area is quite restricted although it extends over the territories of 22 municipalities in the provinces of Caserta and Naples. The grapevines, moreover, have a very low yield because of the way they are grown. This means that in spite of the rising market demand, production cannot be increased. Asprinio di Aversa is thus destined to remain a wine for the few. Campi Felgrei traces its roots back to Falerno Gaurano, one of the most popular wines of antiquity, highly praised by Pliny the Elder and, in less remote times, a favourite of the rulers of Naples and the Popes of Rome. This wine is produced near Naples, in an area covering the territories of seven municipal districts. The region is known for its rich, ancient culture, natural resources, and breathtaking scenery, unsurpassed even in other parts of Italy. The volcanic soil here is the result of successive eruptions. It is tufaceous and rich in ashes, lapilli, pumice and microelements that give a distinctive taste and aroma to the grapes and their wines. Thanks to the particular composition of this soil, it is possible to grow the grapevines using age-old methods abandoned elsewhere in Italy after the great phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century. Falanghina - an ancient Campanian species of vine used to produce white wines - originates in this same region. It is grown "alla putuelana", or "Pozzuoli-style" - an ancient method whereby the vine was supported by an espalier, called "falange" in Latin. Red wines here are obtained from the best Campanian grapes, like Piedirosso, known in the local dialect as 'o palummo, and Aglianico. Campi Felgrei is the product of the magical combination of a rich soil, excellent weather, noteworthy species of grape, and the region's great tradition and history of winemaking, low-yield growing methods, and state-of-the-art wineries. The relatively modern technique of bottle fermentation is also allowed in the production of a noteworthy Spumante Metodo Classico, which is well worth a try. This technique consists in remuage, yeast shocking, d├Ęgorgement and resting of the wine with the spent yeast for at least a year.  


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