2021 I Favati Fiano di Avellino Pietramara, Campania, Italy

2021 I Favati Fiano di Avellino Pietramara, Campania, Italy



A perpetual Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri winner!  This new vintage makes 10 consecutive vintages the wine has been honored.  Regardless of the honors, a true store favorite, and one of the finest mineral driven Fiano produced in Campania.

 The I Favati winery represents the end product of a family’s passion and tradition that began by making wines for its own table dating back to the early 1900s.  The modern I Favati winery was built in 1998 and is located in Cesinale, a town surrounded by the hilly areas near the heart of Irpinia (east of Naples, in the region of Campania).  Irpinia’s unique, indigenous grape varieties make up all of I Favati’s vineyards, which benefit from a perfect exposition to the sun and the volcanic tufo soils.

Fiano di Avellino DOCG was first produced in 2000.  The Fiano di Avellino takes its name from the variety that the Latins called Vitis Apiana.  The grapes were so sweet that they proved irresistible to bees (“api”).  The wine, which was already highly appreciated in the Middle Ages, originated several millennia ago.  An order for three “salme” (a measure) of Fiano is entered in the register of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. Charles d’Anjou must have enjoyed the wine as well, since he had 16,000 Fiano vines planted in the royal vineyards.

The wine is 100% Fiano di Avellino.   Maceration on the skins. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.  Sur lie aged.  Fresh and minerally, slightly smoky with notes of lemon peel and pear. Medium body, excellent fruit, long finish carries a note of grilled pineapple and dried fruits. 😋

“…is simply extraordinary once again…intriguing in its mineral profile…it exhibits an elegant bouquet of aniseed, peach and toasty echoes….on the palate it expresses deep sapidity, and lively freshness, finishing long.” – Tre Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso 2020

“Rosanna Petrozziello runs the winery together with Piersabino and Giancarlo Favati.  This proud women with an Irpinian soul tends her vineyards on the southern side of the Sabato river, where calcareous clay soils make for a full-bodied-expressive wines.  Their fame has been established over the years with Pietramara, the Fiano cru in Atripalda, where the cool climate meets soils rich in minerals and sulphur…..a white made complete by the way it perfectly balances structure and acidity; in the mouth it has the usual sapid pluck and juicy yellow fruit, expanding with class and finesse.” – Tre Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso 2021