Biancolella, Forastera, Uva Rilla, San Leonardo, Fiano, Greco,
Malvasia di Candia, Guarnaccia, Piedirosso and Aglianico
Naples - Campagna - Italy
The winery of Pietratorcia started well over 30 years ago in Forio, on the western coast of the island of Ischia, 19 miles off the shore of Naples, through the efforts and commitment of three old farming families: the Iacono, Verde and Regine, who joint efforts together to bring back to the island the great wine making traditions, started over 2000 years ago by the Greeks and followed over the centuries by the vintners of Ischia. Today, Pietratorcia counts over seven hectares of replanted vineyards of carefully selected native grape varietals, original from the island of Ischia and is run solely by the Iancono family. Biancolella, Forastera, Uva Rilla, San Leonardo, Fiano, Greco, Malvasia di Candia, Guarnaccia, Piedirosso and Aglianico grow in perfect exposure to produce small batches of interesting and delicious wines. With a modern facility and cellars that date back to the 18th century, Pietratocia is on its way to restoring Ischia back to its role as one of the world’s outstanding wine producers, though still remaining a simple rustic winery.
Pietratorcia is blessed with a western exposure that is nothing short of extreme in the midst of the islands microclimates. The rustic vineyard setting surrounded by robust vines, old fig trees and rosemary bushes farmed in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea is a breathtaking oasis, producing wines as extreme as the growing conditions. The winery is named after the large, heavy green rocks, Pietratorcia, that the natives used centuries ago, to help them in the crushing of the grapes. The wines of Pietratoria are wonderfully balanced with the right combination of minerality, fruit and earth from the rich volcanic and granite soils.
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