Rionero in Vulture (Potenza)
The passion for winemaking is not new to the Giuratrabocchetti family and has been handed down for generations. And in 1998 the Cantine del Notaio wine estate was born from this same tradition, when both Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, with his degree in Agricultural Science, and his wife Marcella, took up the Aglianico del Vulture challenge. They decided to combine tradition, innovation, history and terroir in the vines growing in their vineyards. Together with Luigi Moio, Full Professor of Enology at the University of Naples, valuable collaboration and extensive research began on the winemaking potential of this grape, the most important in Southern Italy. A proud but difficult vine, capable of yielding wines with extraordinary personality. The company has about 30 hectares divided in particularly suitable areas of the Vulture (Maschito, Ripacandida, Ginestra, Rionero in Vulture and Barile). The company cultivates according biologically inspired techniques and biodynamic , respecting the life of the plant , the surrounding environment and micro - ecosystems in the soil . An important part of our project is also to exploit the cultural traditions of our terroir, and we have begun this by reviving our own ancient grottoes dating back to 1600 and used by Franciscan Monks. These natural caves are cut into the volcanic tufo rock and guarantee exceptional conditions for the ageing of wine. Our French oak barriques thus rest in a perfect natural balance of temperature, constant humidity and ventilation. Everybody is welcomed at the winery to have a guided tour in the grottoes!