Falanghina wines are an ancient native wine grape of the Campania region of Italy. It is also known as the Falanghina Greco. The GH makes a hard “G” sound, so Falanghina is pronounced “fah-lawn-ghee-nah”. There are two distinct varieties. One is the falanghina beneventana which has a rich floral structure. The other one is the falanghina flegrea which comes with a fruity and delicate flavor.
Falanghina wine is a great wine for all seasons, but really shines during the warm-weather season. An excellent choice for consumers who are looking for something different in a white wine selection. It loves to be served chilled. This affordable white wine option gives a refreshing, reviving, and thirst-quenching kind of magic from every sip.
Finding Falanghina Wines
This wine is a signature white wine of the southern Campania region of Italy. It’s a region that encompasses Naples. However, a selection was donated to the Foundation Plant Services public collection in 2000 by Carlo Mastrobererdino, Mastroberardino Winery, in Atripalda in the Campania region of Italy. The original plant material underwent microshoot tip tissue culture disease elimination therapy at FPS in 2000. After successful completion of testing for the California Grapevine Registration & Certification Program, Falanghina 01 was planted in FPS Classic Foundation Vineyard in 2005. Finally in November 2014 Falanghina was approved as a recognized varietal by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for use in the United States.
An internet search for Falanghina wines will yield results mostly from Italy, yet this ancient varietal is finally finding its footing on American soil, especially in California. With just a hand full of vineyards planted, the California growers are poised to put Falanghina on the map as the next great white wine. One such vineyard and winery is Speckle Rock Vineyards of Escondido, California. With 1800 vines planted from 2013-2015 Speckle Rock Vineyards 2016 bottling was good, but the 2017 vintage is spectacular with 250 cases produced. It is the favorite of all who visit the 23 acre vineyard and tasting room located at 16138 Highland Valley Road, in Escondido, Ca.
Future of Falanghina Wine for the West Coast?
The growth potential of this varietal in California and the West Coast is very promising. Why? Because the West Coast and specifically California love Italian varietals and red wine. How does this help the growth of Falanghina wine? Knowing that white wine holds a smaller percentage of the wine lovers palate, only means there is room for growth, if the white wine is the right fit. An Italian varietal like Falanghina can fill this void yet not filled among the red wine lovers, who are looking for a white wine they can enjoy like a red. The facts are that West Coast wine lovers love their Italian varietals. So, Falanghina offers a fruity and floral delicateness which deserves its own spotlight among wine lovers and connoisseurs on both sides of the fence.
How Should You Enjoy a Great Falanghina Wine?
Falanghina wines are a great companion for a hearty lunch as it is fresh and tangy enough to pair with food. It’s a good partner when you’re sitting in the garden, on the beach, enjoying a picnic or just basking in the beautiful summer sun.
For foodies, it’s best to pair with delicious tomato-based Neapolitan dishes like spaghetti. It’s also great with mouth-watering seafood like scallops, fresh squid with lemon juice, and dressed crab. And the cherry on top of it all, it’s the perfect pair for a drool-worthy slice (or two) of a Margherita pizza.
Hungry yet? Well, make your food adventures more memorable with a delicious white falanghina wine for a better experience. Bon appetit!
Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula