Luigi Tecce - Irpinia 'Mamam' 2020


"If you don’t know the name already, Luigi Tecce belongs on your short list of up-and-coming wineries in Campania. Tasting these wines immediately brings producers such as Paolo Bea, Arianna Occhipinti and Emido Pepe to mind. It’s likely that the day will come that they are spoken about in the same circles." - Eric Guido - Vinous

A visit to Luigi Tecce can get you emotional. Luigi himself is a ball of them, and his Aglianico from Taurasi elicits them. His grandfather’s masseria (farmhouse) and vineyards are located in the Taurasi subzone known as Sud-Alta Valle (South-High Valley). It’s one of Taurasi’s high-altitude growing areas, having a soil that’s layered with sand, limestone and Vesuvius’ pumice; it’s also the dwelling of Luigi’s 80+ year old vine-trees. There’s no enologist and no agronomist, Luigi works in relative solitude. Maybe that’s why there’s such an affinity between him and the wines: exuberant and guarded, archaic and immediate, literary and literal; there’s something theatrical in their pleasure. The wines come from the tradition and grandeur of Mastroberardino’s Taurasi bottlings, but I feel Luigi’s one of a very limited group of Taurasi producers that are eclipsing the old master.

Although Luigi is known for his Aglianico, he sometimes makes a bianco from old vine Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe, and Moscato called Mamam. It was the name he would use to call his mother, who passed away in 2016. Luigi says it’s more of a tribute wine - more of a fun project, with some grapes coming from local friends. That may be true, but like all of Luigi’s wines, it’s “unico ed irripetibile.” First vintage was 2015, after that, five years passed before second vintage in 2020. 

The blend here is 45% Greco, 25% Fiano, 25% Coda di Volpe and 5% Moscato. Vines are over 40 years old. The Fiano was on the skins for 15 days. None sulphur added. Only 300 cases made.

Producer: Luigi Tecce

Country: Italy

Region: Campania

Varietal: Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe, Moscato

Appellation: Vino Bianco

Vintage: 2020

Size: 750ml