Taurasi Tenute di Altavilla DOCG

Francesco Paolo Avallone founded Villa Matilde in the early 1960s. A lawyer by profession, his passionate interest in the classics led him to investigate a 3,000-year-old wine favored by ancient Roman poets and emperors: the “immortal Falerno.” His decade-long quest led to the development of prime clones of Aglianico, Piedirosso  and Falanghina. Today, twenty original clones of the three varieties are trademarked by Villa Matilde, and Francesco Paolo’s son and daughter, Salvatore “Tani” and Maria Ida Avallone, continue their father’s legacy. Villa Matilde extends four properties, two within the Falerno del Massico DOC appellation (province of Caserta): and two in the Benevento and Avellino provinces. The Avallones have also reached an enviable goal: zero greenhouse gas emissions on all properties.

Tenute di Altavilla extends 25 hectares (62 acres) in the province of Avellino, in the DOCG zones of Irpinia. The vineyards feature predominantly tuffaceous soil with a high percentage of clay, excellent exposure, beneficial diurnal temperature changes and steep slopes.

100% Aglianico, high altitudes and clay/tuff soils for an elegant wine with a rich structure and balanced tannins.

Wine exported to

Canada, Australia, Singapore

Grape Varieties:

100% Aglianico

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

20 days

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

26 °C (77.8 °F)

Maceration technique:

Pumpovers and delestage

Length of maceration:

20 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Barrique and tonneaux

Container size:

225L and 35hL

Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

12 months


Natural cork



Vineyard name:

Tenute di Altavilla

Vineyard location:

Montemarano and Paternopoli

Soil composition:

Clay and tuff

Vine training:



500-600 meters (1,640-1,969 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

3,000 vines per hectare


3,000 liters per hectare

Years planted:

Various years from 1968-1985

Time of harvest:

Late October

First vintage of this wine:


Tasting notes:

Deep color, rich, complex bouquet with notes of licorice, brushwood, berries and violets. Lush structure and soft well-balanced tannins; austere and elegant.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).

Aging potential:

15 years


Riccardo Cotarella