A Glass of Gragnano Brings Joy and Good Tidings from Campania, Italy


Some years ago, I discovered a wine that I am wild about  thanks to a colleague, Cantine Federciane’s Gragnano DOC. At first I was sure that I was drinking a Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna but this wine has much more body to my palate and different earthier aromas than I get from most Lambrusco. Gragnano is made from a blend of indigenous grapes from the Campania region of Italy.

Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Aglianico are blended to produce this delicious red wine from the Sorrento Peninsula The soils are volcanic and the winery’s website says that they see the perlage or bubbles in this wine as reflecting the eruptions of Vesuvius. The wine is made in stainless steel and ferments at a controlled temperature on selected yeasts. It undergoes a secondary fermentation in autoclave in order to create its characteristic foam.

I love the color of this wine, a deep ruby almost purple red. It is best when served cool and is refreshing with berry notes, a lovely body and rich texture. I also discovered a widespread consensus on the web that this is the ideal wine for pizza. I like to have a glass all on its own as well.


  1. Wine Emporium has a few truly special wines you should try, many from vini autoctoni. They also import and distribute the Borboni Asprinio you so enjoyed at Aroma (who cary many of Franco Bengasi/Wine Emporium’s wines).

    Have a great holiday!

  2. I concur, a lovely description of this lively wine! It is available in Ontario, Canada (Toronto specifically), through Apparition Wines & Spirits (an up and coming) Ontario Wine Agency. Contact katherine@apparitionwines.com for more information on this and other rare wine finds. She is knowledgeable, helpful and delightful!

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