Nanni Cope

Giovanni Ascione, whose childhood nickname was Nanni Cope’, founded the Azienda Agricola Nanni Cope’  in 2007.  The wine is the fruit of his inner passion for wine, as well as of his encounter with a unique vineyard at Castel Campagnano, in the upper region of Caserta, Campania. It is a beautiful, unpolluted area, with vineyards alternating with woods.  The Taburno and the Matese massifs are nearby, the sea is about thirty kilometres away, and the middle course of the Volturno river flows in the neighbourhood.   Vigna Sopra il Bosco spreads over a 6.2 acres surface at about 700 feet  above sea level, mainly exposed to the north-west. The plants are aged over twenty years on average. 

Giovanni’s guiding philosophy reflects the inner power of a wine from the south, expressed in a northern style. Trying to enhance the extraordinary qualities of the Pallagrello Nero through the exaltation of the utmost elegance and drinkability. Never concentrated, neither in the vineyards nor in the cellar. A maximum expression of the terroir.

Vigna Sopra il Bosco is a true obsession. The plants are registered one by one and the whole vineyard is divided into sectors subject to different pruning, foliage management, surface management, and harvesting approaches.

The whole agronomic philosophy is aimed at minimizing interventions. The use of herbicides or pesticides is utterly excluded. A maximum amount of time is spent tending the vineyard with respect for the old plantings.   A diversified approach is used for each of the four zones of the vineyard followed by meticulous record keeping on all the plantings.  Management of the spring (green) pruning,   new growth, the yields, the ground cover between vines and the harvest-period is done on a plant by plant basis.    Harvesting is performed row by row, sometimes plant by plant, based on the desired maturation level, over a period of time that spans from the end of September to mid-October. The grapes are selected bunch by bunch and blended, without distinguishing between varieties, however at equal maturation stages.  Vinification involves maximum respect for the grape.

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