Project Description

Tenuta Scuotto


“Tenuta Scuotto is pushing the boundaries of Fiano” – Wine Spectator

The Irpinia-based Tenuta Scuotto is run by its founding father and son duo, Eduardo and Adolfo Scuotto, whose primary desire and goal has always been to produce wines that clearly express their territory as well as their passion for viticulture. Together with winemaker Angelo Valentino they produce consistently high-quality wines from native varietals Fiano, Aglianico, Falanghina, and Greco which fully express the characteristics of the area in which they are grown, at the same time as conveying their own unique identity.

The winery is situated in Lapio city, near Avellino. Built over three floors, it overlooks the enchanting landscape of luxuriant vineyards encircled by the reassuring embrace of the Tuoro mount. The winery and its fiano vineyards are at 480 metresabove sea level. Unique soil features, an excellent exposure and a particular microclimate make it the ideal place in which to produce great wines.

Although the estate is not certified as organic, respect for the land and its traditions is key for Tenuta Scuotto and their wines are made in the most natural and sustainable ways possible. By practising Integrated Pest Management and using only natural products, maintaining a healthy and perfectly balanced vineyard is paramount to them, along with hand harvesting and carefully restricting yields.

Meet The Winemaker: 
C&C Wines’ Portfolio Ambassador Peter McCombie MW in discussion with Angelo Valentino

PM: You have worked across Campania, with many different grapes – Do you have one favourite grape or region?
AV: My favourite grapes are Fiano and Aglianico, because with them I can make the most characterful wines that also age well.

PM: Fiano has become better known in recent years, but probably does not get the recognition it deserves. Maybe it is because there are too many ordinary examples. What makes Fiano di Avellino and in particular Fiano di Avellino from Lapio special?
AV: In the past, farmers used to plant fiano vineyards in the best sites. Now, even though you can find vineyards everywhere, Lapio has the best soil, which contains a lot of clay. In addition to this, there’s a windy climate, so the grapes can reach perfect maturation.

PM: There was a time not so long ago when farmers almost could not give Falanghina away, but today it is much more desirable. What are its virtues as a grape (you could argue high acidity could be a virtue or a vice!) and how do you get the best out of it?
AV: High acidity isn’t a virtue in wine – the most important thing is the balance with other components and this is important when producing a high-quality falanghina wine. To make the best wines from it, grapes must be fully matured.

PM: Most of your white wines do not see the inside of a barrel, is that a deliberate winemaking choice? What are the reasons?
AV: I made the choice to not to put white wines in wood because I wanted the primary characteristics of the grape to be preserved.

PM: Is Aglianico the greatest grape of Southern Italy?
AV: Aglianico is one of the greatest grapes of Italy, and in the south it is the most important.

PM: There seems to be a hierarchy of red wines in your portfolio, which are all made from Aglianico. Can you talk me through them? How do you want wine lovers to see them and how does that affect your winemaking decisions?
AV: With Aglianico you can produce young wines which are ready to drink immediately (Aglianico Campania), you can make wines for medium and long ageing (for example our ‘Redo’ and ‘Taurasi’ wines), and more importantly you can make wines for meditation and consideration (for example our Stilla Maris).



Tenuta Scuotto Taurasi DOCG

A 100% Aglianico from the first DOCG of Southern Italy. Soils including calcareous marls, volcanic deposits and limestone contribute firm tannins and a hint of smoke. Extended ageing in bottle provides elegance and a velvety texture to this highly age-worthy wine.


Tenuta Scuotto Oi Nì Campania Fiano IGP

Oi nì is an act of courage that is pushing the boundaries of Fiano in a different way, drawing on techniques from France’s Alsace region. Fermented using natural yeasts for 12 months in 25 hectolitre oval barrels, with malolactic fermentation blocked. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration and completes the ageing in bottle for other 6/9 months.


Tenuta Scuotto Fiano di Avellino DOCG

A highly aromatic, mineral and textured example of one of Italy’s noblest white grapes, which has twice been awarded the coveted Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri.


Tenuta Scuotto Greco di Tufo DOCG

A highly refreshing and crisp white offering aromatic notes of citrus, pears and toasted almonds. The finish is long and mineral.


Tenuta Scuotto Campania Aglianico IGP

An intense and red fruit-driven example of this historic native grape.


Tenuta Scuotto Campania Falanghina IGP

Made from the Beneventana sub-variety of the ancient Falanghina grape, offering aromas of apricot, pineapple and hints of pine. Mineral and fresh on the palate with spicy notes.


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