The vertical tasting is definitely one of a sommelier's favourite moments, especially if they are fond of old vintages (like me). A vertical tasting is composed of several vintages of the same wine from the same cellar, while a horizontal tasting is composed of the same wine of the same vintage from different wineries. For example, in the vertical tasting of Fiano di Avellino DOCGone of the wines from Irpinia by Agricola Bellaria, at Vinitaly 2024 I tasted the 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017 and 2014 vintages. I also had the opportunity to taste two older vintages of Greco di Tufo DOCG of which one was extraordinary, the Taurasi and Fiano Passito.

Irpinian wines for tasting: vertical tasting of Fiano di Avellino DOCG

Fiano di Avellino DOCG is one of the most important white wines from Campania and at Vinitaly 2024 I had the opportunity to do a vertical tasting with several vintages of Agricola Bellaria. In mass culture, white wines are easy-drinking wines, often 'light' and unsuitable for long ageing. Connoisseurs, on the other hand, are increasingly attracted to aged white wines and therefore seek out winegrowing areas suitable for their production. Among these, Irpinia in Campania certainly shines, a land in southern Italy with a temperate and cool climate far removed from stereotypes.

Irpinian wines - tasting #1: Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2021 Agricola Bellaria +

It is a deep, bright straw yellow with green-gold reflections, consistent. The nose enters delicate and elegant with notes of white chocolate and apricot in syrup. In the mouth it enters coherent, fresh, very savoury, structured, warm and with a long citrus finish.

Irpinian wines - tasting #2: Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2020 Agricola Bellaria

It is a brilliant and consistent straw yellow. The nose is delicate and elegant with notes of bread crumbs and citron. In the mouth it is soft, savoury, structured and with a long finish.

Irpinian wines - tasting #3: Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2018 Agricola Bellaria ❤️

It is deep straw yellow with green-gold reflections, consistent. The nose is delicate and elegant with floral and white pepper notes. In the mouth it enters soft, structured, long, and with excellent drinkability. It can stay in the bottle for a few more years.

Irpinian wines - tasting #4: Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2017 Agricola Bellaria ❤️❤️❤️

It is bright golden yellow, consistent. The nose is wonderful with notes of breadcrumbs, white chocolate, herbs and ginger. In the mouth, it enters coherent, savoury, balanced and very long.

Irpinian wines - tasting #5: Fiano di Avellino DOCG 2014 Agricola Bellaria ❤️❤️❤️

It is straw yellow with green-gold highlights, consistent. The nose is wonderful with notes of candied orange, freshly baked bread crumbs, hazelnut and violet flowers. In the mouth it is soft, fresh, savoury, structured and with a very long honeyed finish.

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Irpinian wines for tasting: vertical tasting of Greco di Tufo DOCG

Irpinian wines - tasting #6: Greco di Tufo DOCG 2016 Agricola Bellaria

It is a deep, bright green-golden yellow, consistent. On the nose it is completely different from the 2015, in my opinion much less interesting although still very good and pleasant. In the mouth it is soft, balanced, structured and has a long finish.

Irpinian wines - tasting #7: Greco di Tufo DOCG 2015 Agricola Bellaria ❤️❤️❤️+

It is deep golden yellow with green-gold highlights, consistent. The nose is spectacular with a broad bouquet dominated by medicinal herbs, candied bergamot and rhubarb. In the mouth it is consistent, soft, savoury, structured and with great balance. Very long.

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Irpinian wines - tasting #7: Taurasi DOCG 2015 Agricola Bellaria +

It is transparent ruby red, consistent. The nose is delicate and elegant with barely accentuated spicy and toasted notes. In the mouth it enters coherently and with important tannin, but also soft, savoury, structured and very long.

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Irpinian wines - tasting #8: Fiano di Avellino DOCG Passito 2019 Agricola Bellaria ❤️❤️

It is bright golden yellow, consistent. The nose is intense and broad with notes of sultana, date, toasted hazelnut and dried plum. In the mouth it is soft, savoury, structured, long and wonderful.

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And... bon appétit!

Accompanying the tasting are the fusilloni of chef Luca Mastromattei, an international ambassador of taste. Simple and tasty.

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