Alepa is an artisan winery whose mission is to bring new prominence to the indigenous grape variety Pallagrello. We implement ancient agricultural practices that are also inherently sustainable, yet our rigorous approach goes far beyond the most widely accepted organic conversion standards.
The presence of spontaneous cover crops, a reliance on solely non-synthetic fertilization (i.e. manure or green manure) and the use of willow for winter binding, are just a few examples of sustainability at work in Alepa’s vineyards.
But we strive for increasingly ambitious objectives as a member of the circular economy and continually experiment with new measures including the use of geese for weeding as well as composting of all plant waste for reuse as a soil enhancer throughout the growing season.
We are located in the southern Italian region of Campania—in the province of Caserta, to be exact—in the hills above the Volturno River, which lends its name to the Terre del Volturno IGT appellation, a viticultural zone characterized by important maritime influences both in winter and summer.
This is a landscape rich in biodiversity where vines emerge among forests and olive groves for the cultivation of Pallagrello grapes—both as white and black varieties. Alepa has produced wine from estate-grown fruit since the early 2000s—following low intervention protocols in the cellar including wild yeast fermentations—with average production of about 9,000 bottles per year. Alongside our traditional white and black Pallagrello varietals, the Alepa lineup also includes an orange wine obtained from white Pallagrello grapes that undergo about 7 days of skin maceration.
In addition to Pallagrello, we also grow Falanghina, Greco and other native grape and olive cultivars of Campania.