Our farm produces and markets certified IGT, DOC and DOCG wines, coming exclusively from our own grown grapes. The area where this small excellence was built is Irpinia, a territory that is hidden among the mountains of the Southern Apennines, famous for its wines: Aglianico, Taurasi and Fiano di Avellino and for other food products from a land with a great culinary value.
THE BRIGANDS BACKGROUND. This Campanian estate is located in Casalduni in the Benevento province, nearby the Taburno massif where local “briganti” (brigands in English), during the years following Italian independence and unity, had several bloody clashes with official Italian troops. Brigands were often former Bourbons officers and soldiers defeated by the kingdom of Piemonte and Savoy, giving way to national unity in 1861. FROM GERMANY TO SANNIO. Meeting Toni and Romeo De Cicco is like taking a reverse path to the evolution of the territory, just like going back, or maybe we should say returning back to the homeland and the soil, after several years of emigration in Germany (the two brothers were born and raised in Dortmund by humble and hard working parents while the land was belonging to and cultivated by their Grandparents).
Just talk to the two brothers and you will find out that this corner of Sannio is always present in their mindset, even when conversation slips away to more fancy topics. Sannio spiritual presence is maybe an untouchable asset, but is always there, underlying a sense of mind rather than just a place where many historical misdeeds, often unknown to those who have turned their back on that period of history, perhaps in order to embrace a more accommodative vision of it. When Toni and Romeo talk about wine, their wine, they do not skimp historical details as well without being boring. They are not old school farmers at all, as they are well traveled and with a modern vision of their business with a quality driven approach. “Making wine doesn’t translate automatically in selling your beloved wine, the fruit of your relentless effort. ORGANIC MOVEMENT. Toni and Romeo are just more than two forty-something outgoing brothers who can easily entertain persons for hours. Already in 2004 when the newborn estate released its first vintage to the market, they chose to work with an organic certification. All this was a result not just of a philosophical vision, but a donation to future generation by preserving land integrity and territory. After several years the two bros did not regret this option as they always considered the only way to elevate their quality standards production. Right now Terra di Briganti estate is in the middle of the biodynamic certification process, strictly controlled by Demeter.