Five high school friends discover and relaunch the Coda di Pecora

Five high school friends discover and relaunch the Coda di Pecora

But how many stories does wine give us. All beautiful. Like this one in Formicola, a small town in the Upper Casertano area near Pontelatone, the heart of the Casavecchia area. Five high school friends (Cesare Avenia, Cesare Nacca, Stefano Mingione, Angelo Cavaiuolo and Antonio Barca) continue to share passions and daily life, each in his own profession where he has established himself, until he decides to create a cellar and make wine.

It looks like one of the classic stories invented by Tuscan marketing in the 90s, instead it is the reality that turns into a business project when you decide to bottle and market wine almost for fun. Thus was born the Boar in 2003, the winery was built first, then the vineyards were planted until the first vintage for sale, 2010.

The novelty is the change of pace with the entry of two great professionals from Campania: Antonella Amodio, former sales manager of Biondi Santi, and the oenologist Vincenzo Mercurio. It was decided to bet wisely on the native vines of the territory excluding the merlot instead so much unnecessarily desired by those who approach this world from other professional successes. And then Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero, Casavecchia in two expressions (but one would be enough, Montemaggiore) and Coda di Pecora.

What? Yes, one of the hundred Campania vines surveyed by the Campania Region when money was spent on research and not on cutting ribbons of ghost wine bars that remained asleep, in peasant memory. Having studied the DNA, here it is in the glass in the new Le Chef restaurant in the heart of Caserta. Yet another story of a South that works and invests. We drink it on the plates of the young Matteo Iannacone: fresh, mineral, pleasant, long. Really a great white, to be spent on seafood cuisine or, our advice, on a nice pasta and potatoes with provola. The time of returns: of a chef who has traveled the world, of a peasant vine and of a friend found.

Luciano Pignataro, 2012