Penisola Sorrentina Gragnano wines are those produced under the Penisola Sorrentina DOC of coastal Campania, southwest Italy, made specifically from grapes grown in the Gragnano region.
The origins of this wine date back over 1500 years to the monasteries in the hills outside of Naples. The commune of Gragnano specialises in sparkling red wines made from classic Campanian grape varieties; Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Aglianico.
The production of this wine is costly and labour-intense due to the terraced terrain in the hills of the Penisola Sorrentina. After hand picking, the grapes are macerated for 3 days before being crushed. It is normally bottled young - around November.
The Cantine Federeciane Gragnano is mildly sweet, sparkling, and ruby red in colour. It is intense and lively with an evanescent froth. Fruity, of medium body and soft with a lovable vein. Because It is slightly sweet, it must be enjoyed chilled at about 8°C. Some producers advise to drink it at cellar temperature, but assuming that the majority of us do not have a temperature-controlled cellar, just pop it in the wine cooler or fridge until it reaches the desired temperature.
It goes very well with roast meat and dried fruit, but the best is to uphold the Neapolitan tradition and enjoy it with pizza.
For a Cantine Federcaine Gragnano expect to pay (if you can find it), between £10.25 and £13.50. Prestige’s price at the moment is just £10.00.