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Sphearanera Pallagrello Nero Cacciagalli - Buon Vino Biodynamic Wine
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Sphaeranera Pallagrello Nero Cacciagalli 2015

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One Line Description Sphaeranera Pallagrello Nero Cacciagalli 2015 Biodynamic wine, rare grape, fermented and matured in terracotta amphorae, full bodied and structured.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country Italy Italian
Region Campania, Italy
Producer I Cacciagalli
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Pallagrello Nero
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Terroir Volcanic, limy-clay with good organic matter
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Maturation 1 year in clay Amphora
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 15 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, wild yeast, no fining, no filtration, very low sulphur added, fermented in Amphorae
Special Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner
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Sphaeranera Pallagrello Nero Cacciagalli 2015 Biodynamic wine, rare grape, fermented and matured in terracotta amphorae, full bodied and structured. Pallagrello is a rare grape only gorwn in Campania and in particular in the region of Caserta. The grape has a long history in the region and, like the similarly named Pallagrello bianco, was one the varieties planted in 1775 by architect and engineer Luigi Vanvitelli in the fan-shaped Vigna del Ventaglio vineyard created for the royal palace of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (Ferdinand IV of Naples) in Caserta. Following the phylloxera epidemic of the mid-19th century and the economic devastation of the World Wars of the early 20th century, plantings of Pallagrello Nero declined greatly and the variety was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered growing in an abandoned Campanian vineyard in the 1990s. This lovely example displays the minerality of the volcanic soils and freshness of natural fermentation in Amphorae, a wine for long ageing, it is structure and rich fruit in spades.

I Cacciagalli is the name given to the area of land where Diana and Mario Basco have started their biodynamic wine estate. The 9 hectares of vines are located in a small hamlet a couple of kilometres outside the town of Teano in the province of Caserta. The estate lies in the shadow of the inactive volcano Roccamonfina which gives rise to the complex volcanic terrain which impart such character to the wines. The volcanic soil is rich in minerals and in particular potassium and is very fertile. The surrounding woodland is full of chestnut and hazelnut trees, pine and many wild flowers and other fruits. This place is an oasis of calm where nature flourishes and here Mario and Diana live out their dream of creating high quality natural wines.


Diana is an agronomist and the land has been in her family for generations, when she met passionate wine connoisseur Mario, they started their biodynamic farm and are now fully certified. They have started to ferment some of the wines in clay ovoid eggs, buried deep in the centuries old winery at their home. Mario is keen to experiment with his wines and uses a little skin contact for his whites although they are not really orange wines as such. The reds, in particular the rich and elegant Pallagrello are exceptional wines with long ageing potential.


Cacciagalli is located in an ancient building which stretched back centuries to a time when it was the house of the noble family who owned the local land and rented it to peasants. The building houses a 500 year old cellar where Mario stores the wines once bottled. There is a true sense of nature and history at play at the beautiful estate. The wines have the finesse and style to match.

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