The Territory

In the heart of Irpinia

The province of Avellino, known as Irpinia, is placed in the heart of the Southern Apennines, and is bordered to the north by Sannio, to the east by Puglia and Basilicata, to the south with the province of Salerno and to the west with that of Naples.
The area is full of hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, with a low population density, with about 6.000 hectares of vineyards,  a huge varietal composite pane. The most common varieties are: Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina e Coda di Volpe.

Irpinia four DOP (Protected Denomination Wines) are produced, beside three DOCG (Greco di Tufo; Fiano di Avellino; Taurasi) e the DOC (Irpinia).

Irpinia DOC

Taurasi DOCG

Greco di Tufo DOCG

Fiano di Avellino DOCG

Paternopoli

Fonzone winery is located in Paternopoli, one of the seventeen municipalities of the Taurasi DOCG area, in the province of Avellino.

The estate consists of more than twelve hectares cultivated with Aglianico, producing Irpinia Aglianico DOC, Irpinia DOC Campi Taurasini and, from the highest part of the vineyard, the Taurasi DOCG Riserva. Complete the planted area of the estate also the vineyards of Fiano and Falanghina, for the production of Irpinia DOC.
The hill, where the estate lays, is located just outside the village and is included in the Campi Taurasini sub-area. it is surrounded by the municipalities of Villamaina, Castelfranci and Gesualdo, whose castle was inhabited by a branch of the family – the Caccese – from 1856 until 1980.

The vineyards extend on either side of the rise, benefiting from multiple exposures and altitude ranging from 360 m to 430 m above s.l.. The hill includes both clay and calcareous soils with loose textures od sedimentary origin. The microclimate is significantly influenced by the Fredane and Ifalco rivers that surround the estate.

Lapìo e Santa Paolina

The grapes of Fiano di Avellino DOCG and Greco di Tufo DOCG come from the vineyards in the municipalities of Lapio and Santa Paolina.

The Fiano vineyards is located in Contrada Arianiello, considered by many a land of choice for this particular grape. The Greco grapes come from a 1995′ vineyard, located 500 m above sea level, on a sandy-clay with exposure at southwest.