The Pepe family is a family historically linked to the Irpinia area, which for many generations has invested and is committed to enhancing the area through the production of wines. Angelo Pepe worked hard to create today’s reality, creating the Tenuta Cavalier Pepe, which today is a cellar, winery, restaurant and bed & breakfast. The name Cavalier Pepe derives from the fact that the then President of the Republic Oscar Luigi Scalfaro in 1998 appointed Angelo Pepe “Cavaliere della Repubblica” for the work merits demonstrated in the field. Today the company covers about 60 hectares of land and 11 hectares of olive groves; the cultivated varieties are mainly the historical ones such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina and Coda di Volpe. The lands are within 3 DOCGs, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Taurasi.
The grapes are harvested manually and are immediately transported to the cellar to preserve freshness. We proceed to a cold decantation of the must, for a natural clarification of the wine. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and the wine remains on the fine lees for a few months to complete the refinement. It follows a few months in the bottle before being put on the market.
At sight the wine has a crystalline straw yellow colour. The nose perceives sensations of pineapple, banana, ripe yellow peach and green apple, balanced by mineral, vegetable and field herb notes. Enveloping and fruity in the mouth, with a very pleasant acidulous finish. Final that recalls banana and green apple.
Falanghina “Lila” is ideal as an aperitif on a warm spring/summer evening. It goes very well with light fried fish, delicate fish and mixed land appetizers, or with a platter of cheeses and cold cuts.