Gragnano Rosso Frizzante Iovine
Grapes: Piedirosso, Aglianico, Sciascinoso
Penisola Sorrentina Gragnano wines are those produced under the Penisola Sorrentina DOC of coastal Calabria, south-west Italy, specifically from grapes grown in the commune of Gragnano. The commune specializes in sparkling red wines made from classic Campanian grape varieties such as Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Aglianico.
Gragnano occupies a dramatic place in the sprawl of Neapolitan suburbia, caught in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius (from which it is just too distant to be covered by the Vesuvio DOC) and of the eastern ridges which mark the start of the Penisola Sorrentina (Sorrento Peninsula). Few communes have a more typically Italian reputation; Gragnano is internationally famous for its pasta and red wine (albeit sparkling).
The village is one of three on the peninsula which have been identified as producing wines of particular quality. As such Gragnano may add its name to the Penisola Sorrentina DOC title on wine labels. At present this honour is limited to the rosso frizzante (sparkling red) wines made there, although it may be extended to other styles in future.
The family Iovine is the oldest producer of wines in the Sorrento Peninsula. The grandfather Aniello began with the production of chestnut barrels used for the transportation and sale of wine.
Four successive generations of the family have allowed a selection of wines to represent, with the farms of Vesuvius Sannio and Irpinia, the essence of the wines of Campania. The initial 20,000 bottles produced have grown from year to year, with enthusiastic feedback. The attentive wine market places Iovine as the apex producers of Campania. A careful perspective, passion and experience of the market, combined with an atmosphere of sincere spontaneity characterize the wine production of the Iovine family business.
In the vast selection of fine wine, the company chooses to highlight the Sorrento Peninsula wine, and also a sparkling red called Gragnano.
In 2007, Iovine received recognition with their inclusion in the list “GOLOSARIA TOP HUNDRED OF BEST ITALIAN WINES” for the Sorrento Peninsula 2006.