Cantine del Notaio

The passion for winemaking is not new to the Giuratrabocchetti family and has been handed down for generations.
And in 1998 the Cantine del Notaio wine estate was born from this same tradition, when both Gerardo Giuratrabocchetti, with his degree in Agricultural Science, and his wife Marcella, took up the Aglianico del Vulture challenge.
They decided to combine tradition, innovation, history and terroir in the vines growing in their vineyards.
Together with Luigi Moio, Full Professor of Enology at the University of Naples, valuable collaboration and extensive research began on the winemaking potential of this grape, the most important in Southern Italy. A proud but difficult vine, capable of yielding wines with extraordinary personality.
The Aglianico grape has been well known since ancient Greek times.
Celebrated by the Latin poet Horace, it is grown on the slopes of Mount Vulture. And this is the origin of the three natural factors determining the constitution and ripening of these grapes. Firstly, the volcanic soil is fertile and rich in particular mineral elements. Then the tufo rock layers, deep down, act as water reservoirs during the drier periods of the year: what the local peasants call“milking the tufo”. Thirdly there is the unique micro-climate. The bunches of fruit are carefully selected and knowledgeably handled; they will yield a strong wine with a notable personality, precious ruby red color and complex aromas. For this reason, the wineyards are distributed amongst the most characteristic and renowned hillsides in the Mount Vulture area, (the villages of Rionero, Barile, Ripacandida, Maschito e Ginestra), and possess vines more than a hundred years old. These areas have different soils, (sand, volcanic residue, medium consistency or clay ) but the same layer of volcanic tufo in common, and a pedoclimatic exposition which allows for perfect ripening of the grapes, amongst the very latest to be harvested (mid-October to mid-November).
An important part of Cantine del Notaio project is also to exploit the cultural traditions of ourterroir,  by reviving the ancient grottoes dating back to 1600 and used by Franciscan Monks. These natural caves are cut into the volcanic tufo rock and guarantee exceptional conditions for the ageing of wine. These intertwined grottoes reach under the village itself, creating a highly suggestive underground maze. They radiate from a tiny charming square, called the "Facìle", typical of local architecture. With a horseshoe shape caused by the subterranean excavation of the tufo grottoes, the square collects and channels rainwater. The term Facìle thus derives from the word bacìle, local dialect for basin.