Cantina Giardino is one of Italy's most interesting, delicious and dynamic natural wine producers.
What started out in 1997 as a project between four people to save some old vineyards is now solely run by Antonio and Daniela Di Gruttola. They own and rent vineyards throughout the main wine-growing areas of Campania in central Italy - think of Naples and go inland and up...
They release fascinating whites made from Coda di Volpe, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino among others, and reds mostly from Aglianico. Stylistically? Well they do a bit of everything, with lots of skin contact, raising in amphora, always wild yeast ferments, and never any sulphur additions.
The wines are murky, lively, and often deliciously confronting. The small stocks that arrive down under disappear quickly.