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On the soft hills where Terre Stregate is located, viticulture is a very antique form of art. The area of the Sannio Beneventano is a magical place, full of history and tradition that dates back to the Roman times and to the osco-sannite populations that lived here.
Despite being far from the mainstream touristic tour, the area is well known for its lush nature and kind climate that allows grapes, olive trees and a vast number of fruit trees to grow beautifully. The Beneventano is dotted with extremely charming hamlets, such as Montesarchio in the Caudina Valley, rich in traces of Roman history.
The Sannio area also has a subsoil very rich in sulfur thanks to the presence of spontaneous thermal waters, which enrich the soil with minerals and nutrients that are important for vines and agriculture in general. Like any transit area, in fact Sannio is located in a strategic zone between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Sea, the local people have a great sense of hospitality, just like the Iacobucci family who welcomes you in their cellar as at home, with cold cuts from the small family business, extra virgin olive oil and home-made bread.
When you arrive at Terre Stregate - a small, family owned winery on the hills of Guardia Sanframondi, an ancient village of the Sannio Beneventano - one of the first things that catches your attention is the solid, long wooden table standing in the winery. What’s its use? To host the daily lunch for the whole family and the workers. An expression of a genuine, cozy, welcoming attitude that permeates everything around here - from the natural territory to the way the grapes are treated – and that can be tasted in every glass of the wines produced.
The viticulture activity at Terre Stregate is a continuous perpetuation of hundred-year-old practices and secrets linked to the production of excellent wine, kept and handed down from generation to generation, arriving undiminished in our days.
The dedication of the entire family - witnesses and keepers of an invaluable heritage, mixed with the unique microclimate of the area, perfect for the growth of native grapes such as Falanghina and Aglianico, are the key elements to produce unique wines with incredible scents and authentic tastes.
Terre Stregate is one of the few wineries in the Sannitic territory that can claim a 100-year-old tradition. Its 25 hectares of vines extend along the sweet slopes of the Matese, overlooking the Telesina valleys and the Calore river. In this little piece of paradise on Earth, nature's kindness, characterized by a positive microclimate, helps the growth of native grapes, like Falanghina, Greco, Fiano and Aglianico.
The winery has been owned by the Iacobucci family since 1898 when it was founded by the grandfather Filippo, along with a mill. In the 1960’s, Armando, Filippo’s son, chose to focus all the effort on the mill, forgetting about the grapes. Up until 2004, when another Armando – his nephew - decided to restart producing wine. Armando renewed the old grandfather’s winery, calling it Terre Stregate. The name, literally ‘bewitched lands’, remarks a great connection with the territory: according to the legend, the witches, born in Benevento, loved to unite around a boiling pot under a walnut tree near the Calore river, that runs in the Beneventano area. Here is where their magic happened, and here in these same bewitched lands is where great wines are born.
Two of the wines by Terre Stregate are dedicated to the grandfather and to the great grandfather: Scrypta and Manent (from latin “what is written remains”) because it is only by building on the past that we can have the present and the future.
This grape has a very old history, mostly developed between Campania and Basilicata Regions, with their strong and generous lands, just like their wines. From this grape you can obtain solid and rich wines but elegant, with great scent, color, good texture in the mouth, important length, thanks to the great characterization of the hilly territory with great temperature range between day and night. It can grow both on the volcanic soils of Vesuvius or on the clayey hills of Sannio, maintaining in both cases a well-defined and important structure.
Aglianico, as described by Carlo Ferrini