Our friends at Cantina Giardino are cuckoo loco! This 100% Aglianico pét-nat is some salty blackberry soda, with a touch of rosemary and tarragon thrown in. Somebody call Martha Stewart.
Cantina Giardino was born as a joint venture between six friends with the specific aim of preserving old vineyards and native varietals in and around Irpinia, a mountainous town in the heart of Campania. Headed by Antonio and Daniela di Gruttola, the project sources fruit from 16 distinct and often quite distant parcels. In total this represents about six hectares including a 2,5 ha plot that the couple recently purchased. From the beginning, the aim has been to source older vines (50+) from contadini who have been working traditionally for generations, but were at risk of having to abandon or uproot their land. - Louis Dressner