Volcanic Wines

...are wines you not only taste, but feel.

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For the past 35 years, Leonardo LoCascio Selections has built a portfolio of producers that represent La Vera Italia, seeking up and coming appellations and staying at the cusp of Italy’s ever changing wine landscape.

Italy sits on the border of the African and Eurasian Tectonic plates which have propagated a majority of the volcanic eruptions and the active nature of the peninsula.


The volcanism of this dynamic peninsula has endowed history with countless legends, landscapes and ultimately some of the most expressive wines. In its inimitable way, Italy continues to bear fruit that leaves our palates thirsty for more and LLS represents the best expressions of Italy’s diverse volcanic terroirs.

  • Rich in minerals only found deep in the center of the earth
  • Increased water retention due to porosity
  • Pest and disease resistant
  • Closer to neutral PH
  • In some cases, these phylloxera resistant soils support the growth of original rootstock

 

 

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The discerning characteristic of volcanic terroir and the wines it produces lies on the palate. A perceptible, laser like, linear texture that transcends grape variety and region. A palpable austerity and minerality that translates to smoky, ashy, dusty, chalky textures that no other soil is capable of producing.

“It’s a sort of weightless gravity, intense, heavy as a feather, firm but transparent, like an impenetrable,
invisible force shield of flavor that comes out of nowhere but doesn’t impose itself, it’s just there and you have to
work your tongue around it. It can be gritty, salty, hard, maybe even unpleasant to some, but unmistakable."
—John Szabo, MS - Volcanic Wines

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Monte_Carbonare-volcanic-wine.jpg“MONTE CARBONARE” SOAVE CLASSICO DOC

PRODUCER: Suavia
GRAPES: 100% Garganega
VOLCANO: Fissures which caused eruptive volcanic
activity during the collision of the Eurasian and African
tectonic plates
LAST ERUPTION: 50,000,000 years ago
SOIL COMPOSITION: Basalt
ALTITUDE: 975ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE:
 A weighty oily texture with almond evolving towards petrol with age
The hills of Soave were formed by eruptions of underwater volcanos during the Cretacious Era, when tropical rainforests grew as far north as North America and Europe.


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Galardi_Terre_di_Lavoro-volcanic-wine.jpg“TERRA DI LAVORO” ROCCAMONFINA IGT

PRODUCER: Galardi
GRAPES: 80% Aglianico, 20% Piedirosso
VOLCANO: Roccamonfina
LAST ERUPTION: 39,000 years ago
SOIL COMPOSITION: Grey Tufo with pyroclastic flow
deposits of pumice and fine ash
ALTITUDE: 1,485ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Mineral notes similar to crunchy graphite
Grapes for Falernum, the most important wine
in Ancient Rome, grew alongside Roccamonfina.
This potent wine enjoyed by the Aristocracy
was diluted with salt water and let egos soar in
Campania Felix.

Bisceglia_Gudarra_Angliaico-volcanic wine.jpg“GUDARRÀ” AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE DOC

PRODUCER: Bisceglia
GRAPES: 100% Aglianico
VOLCANO: Mt. Vulture
LAST ERUPTION: 40,000 years ago
SOIL COMPOSITION: Tufo & Basalt
ALTITUDE: 1,300ft ASL (East side of Apennine
Mountain range)
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Weighty with an ashy mouthfeel and notes of a savory tomato compote
With a prolonged eruptive era (some 40,000 years),
the soils of the Vulture region have been tamed
much like the tannins in the Vulture wine.

lacryma-christi-del-vesuvio-bianco-doc-volcanic-wine.jpgLACRYMA CHRISTI DEL VESUVIO BIANCO DOC

PRODUCER: Mastroberardino
GRAPES: 100% Coda di Volpe
VOLCANO: Mt. Vesuvius
SOIL COMPOSITION: Layers of volcanic ash composed of pumice, pyroclastic debris and clay loam
ALTITUDE: 560ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Dusty stone and daphne flower blossoms with a gritty mouth feel
This storied appellation tells of the Archangel Lucifer’s
fall from grace, and as he fell, God’s tears rained down bestowing the fertility of Mt. Vesuvius.

 

lacryma-christi-del-vesuvio-rosso-doc-volcanic-wine.jpgLACRYMA CHRISTI DEL VESUVIO ROSSO DOC

PRODUCER: Mastroberardino
GRAPES: 100% Piedirosso
VOLCANO: Mt. Vesuvius
SOIL COMPOSITION: Layers of volcanic ash composed of pumice, pyroclastic debris and clay loam
ALTITUDE: 560ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Brambly fruit and tart cherry, juicy acidity dark, damp rocky minerality
During the excavations of Pompeii, viticultural archeologists discovered ancient Piedirosso rootstock concluding that this grape has roots dating as far back as 79AD.

etna-bianco-volcanic-wine.jpg“ERSE” ETNA BIANCO DOC

PRODUCER: Tenuta di Fessina
GRAPES: 80% Carricante, 20% Catarratto and Minnella
VOLCANO: Mt. Etna
SOIL COMPOSITION: Lava stones, volcanic ash, sandy loam
ALTITUDE: 2,900-3,300ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Savory salinity with notes of pear and hay with a long textural finish
Chosen for the two lava flows that wrap around the property like a maternal embrace, Tenuta di Fessina embodies the feared and respected relationship that inhabitants have with Mt. Etna.

erse-etna-rosso-volcanic-wine.jpg“ERSE” ETNA ROSSO DOC

PRODUCER: Tenuta di Fessina
GRAPES: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio
VOLCANO: Mt. Etna
SOIL COMPOSITION: Lava stones, volcanic ash, sandy loam
ALTITUDE: 2,200ft ASL
TASTE AND TEXTURE: Aromas of crushed berries, plums, and smoky minerality
These bush trained vines are grown alongside the slopes of the highest and most active volcano in Europe.