Dodiciettari by Vigna dei Lupi
A winery to match my own passion for wine — small in size and big at heart
On the hunt for unique wines
Toward the end of VinItaly 2013, I was on a mission to find one of my favorite, and for the most part undiscovered wines – Taurasi! Taurasi is a red wine made from Aglianico grapes. It is often called the Barolo of the south, but in my opinion, it is an unparalleled product. It can’t be compared to anything else.
I first experienced Tausari in Positano and on the Amalfi Coast. Most of the presenters in the Campagnia pavilion at VinItaly were small, a huge difference between from the Piedmont and Tuscany pavilions I had just come from, where the exhibit booths are huge and elaborate. That alone tells me there is a lot of money made on the more common, traditional Italian wines.
Those wines are wonderful, they are famous for a reason. But it’s also my cue to keep looking for smaller winemakers with a heart for growing unique regional grapes to promote their territory. The wines that aren’t well known on the international scene.
Planting the seed for a fruitful relationship
My buddy Marco Colombini (in the light-colored jacket below) was the first person I met that day. When I recently asked him to tell me about why he selected DOCG Imports as their first USA importer, he said, “You came to us for a simple tasting, you stayed for three hours and didn’t want to leave!” He’s so right. That was the day I discovered Dodiciettari and I still haven’t left. I knew then that when I started DOCG Imports, they would be a part of it.
They had me taste all their wines and offered up regional dellights of salame, sausage, cheese, bread and even sundried chilies. They hosted me as if we had known each other for years and, in fact, now that we have known each other for years I feel like a part of their family. This is the best part of Italian culture, the incredible hospitlity and enthusiam to share local traditions in food and wine with others who share that love and passion.
That wonderful afternoon remained in our hearts. We stayed in touch and after a few years, have created the conditions to work together. I’ve selected DODICIETTARI as my supplier for the great wines of Avellino, a volcanic area near Naples in the Campania region in southern italy, which is becoming more famous all the time for their exceptional wines and love of life.
Friends having fun, making seriously good wine
Vigna dei Lupi (vines of wolves) is the winery that produces the Dodiciettari line of wines. Founded in 2007, this small group of friends who decided to purchase and work 12 acres of premium wine country (12 acres = Dodicettari) is having a great time producing the wine of their dreams.