The vines in the city, such as those of Paris or Napoli, are always charming. Probably because are less common, maybe because they satisfy our desire to escape from the daily routine, or even for the surprise they entail once you get there while one minute before you were stuck in the traffic. This is what you feel once you get at Vuolo winery just out of downtown Salerno in Campania region, south of Napoli, a winery full of truth and beauty.
Mila, the owner, has been one of the protagonists of the renaissance of ‘another Campania’, different from the better known areas of the inland: Sannio with its Falanghina and Irpinia with the prestigious Taurasi along with the whites Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, different from the volcanic area of Napoli as well. The South of Campania is generally identified as “Cilento” but it is necessary to better focus on it given its extent and so its diversity.
Vuolo is located right in Salerno and so at the north of the administrative province of Salerno itself, a zone covered by the appellation IGP Colli di Salerno with low altitudes (less than 200 m a.s.l.) with good diurnal range, a strong sea influence and a clay soil, that clay used for the notorious ‘ceramics of Vietri’. The main grapes are absolutely typical: Aglianico for the reds and Fiano for the whites along with some international varieties (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) or the local and national ones (Greco, Falanghina, Piedirosso, Barbera, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Sangiovese, Primitivo).
Vuolo winery: the origins
Mila’s father was a doctor but he invested in the estate in the 80s; she used to work in the ICT sector in Rome before moving back to Salerno, at the end of the 90s, to run the property and… make the difference, I would say. Nowadays she owns 3,5 Ha with vines planted in 2001 and 2007 and, supported by the winemaker Busatto, she produces mainly Aglianico and also Fiano, both characterized by personality and territorial character!
The wines of Mila
Colli di Salerno Fiano 2MILA 15 (16/17): harvested at the end of September, vinified in stainless steel, 1 year on fine lees. The current vintage is now the 2015, the 2016 is going to be released soon.
The wine has a great balance, it is round and with a great potential for ageing. It vaguely recalls citrus fruits and white flowers in the first stages, while, with time, it offers notes of pastisserie with a strong fruit concentration as well and a certain body.
Colli di Salerno Aglianico 2MILA 13 (12/11/10/09): harvested in the second half of October, the maceration lasts about 2 weeks, it is a wine for “strong palates”. It matures in French oak barrique, mainly old, which release the typical boisé note along with white musk that make it refreshing and welcoming. A rich wine never equal to itself, bodied and long-lived, recognizable and made even more complex by its possible imperfections, the tannins are firm but always well managed.
A winery to be visited, a wine to be discovered. Thanks Mila.