“This young estate, founded in 1994, is the source of one of the finest Fianos made today, if not the best one. The perfectly situated vineyards, at about 500 meters above sea level on highly calcareous clay soil and benefiting from wide day-night temperature differences, would rate grand cru status if such a classification scheme existed in Italy.” – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Excerpt from Lettie Teague’s The Wall Street Journal article “Italy’s Best White – Wine Bargains” published May 20th – 2021 – Read entire article > HERE! “That same year, the Romano family, who had long sold grapes to the Mastroberardinos, stopped doing so and decided to make wines of their own. With their Colli di Lapio winery, the Romanos were part of an early wave of growers-turned-winemakers. Their efforts have since been met with much acclaim: Owner Clelia Romano has been called La Signora del Fiano by the Italian wine press. By 2009 the influential Italian food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso named the Clelia Romano Fiano the Best White Wine in Italy.
The full name of the grape with which Ms. Romano has made her name is Fiano di Avellino; in “Native Wine Grapes of Italy,” wine critic and scholar Ian D’Agata writes, “It may well be Italy’s greatest native white grape.” It grows particularly well in the hilly Lapio-Arianello region, the “most prized” location for the Fiano grape according to Carmela Cieri, daughter of Clelia Romano, who answered my questions via email while her mother recovered from her Covid-19 vaccination.
The 2019 Clelia Romano Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino I purchased was a beautifully balanced, subtle white with a vibrant acidity and nutty as well as herbal aromas.”
The windblown slopes of Campania’s mountains host some of the most spectacular vineyards in Italy, planted to varieties that have been cultivated since the time of the ancient Greeks. The estate of Clelia Romano is from vineyards around the Lapio village, northeast of Avellino, considered the “grand cru” growing area for the white variety Fiano. This wine, vinified entirely in stainless steel, is pure class and elegance, with peach and melon aromatics and a vibrant acidity that gives it the potential to evolve over a time into a golden-hued and mineral wine that echoes the qualities of grand cru Chablis.
Vineyard Management: Colli di Lapio is a practicing organic estate. Integrated insect and disease control is followed and only copper and sulfur-based products are used. However, the breezy, arid climate makes mold and insects a rare occurrence. The estate fertilizes with organic manure every two years to ensure a quality harvest. Alfalfa is sown between the rows of vines to provide nitrogen to the soil and then tilled in as green manure. Minimal sulfur is added to the wines as they leave the winery to ensure freshness and quality.