Greco di Tufo is an Italian white grape variety and DOCG region. The grape is most revered in the eponymous Greco di Tufo Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), one of four DOCG areas located in Campania. The Campania region boasts more DOCG zones than any other southern Italian region, and Greco di Tufo is considered one of the best white wine appellations of the region, alongside Fiano di Avellino DOCG.
Greco di Tufo is a clone of Greco Bianco. It ripens late, enjoying the Mediterranean climate and long, warm growing season of Southern Italy.
Greco di Tufo is named after the tiny town of Tufo in Avellino, Campania. The name Tufo is derived from “tuff;” the soft, volcanic rock that makes up the subsoil of the region. This distinctive soil is thought to impart a particular minerality to the wine flavor profile.
Greco di Tufo wines tend to show a dark lemon or gold color, darker than many white wines. Though not overly aromatic, Greco di Tufo wines are known to show characteristics of spice, herb and citrus. On the palate, the wines are medium- to full-bodied and relatively high in acidity.
Flavors will range from citrus, white fruit and stone fruit, and top examples will have a distinctive mineral character. Poor examples can be overly bitter or tart, though quality producers will strive for balance and ensure that this aspect is not overpowering. The wines drink well when young, though quality examples are capable of aging. Over time, mature Greco di Tufo will develop more herbal flavors.
DOCG regulations stipulate that Greco di Tufo must be made with at least 85% of the Greco grape, with up to 15% of other approved varieties allowed in the blend. Most often, the other variety used is Coda di Volpe, another Campanian variety.
Outside of Campania, the Greco bianco grape can be found in Puglia, Lazio and Tuscany. Greco di Tufo should not be confused with Greco di Bianco DOC, a distinct Calabrian appellation for sweet wines produced from partially dried grapes. The term Greco Nero, used to refer to at least five distinct Calabrian red grape varieties, is also unrelated.
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2016 Studi Arielle (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyDelicate but enticing scents evoking white spring flowers, beeswax, wild herbs and ...See Full ReviewN/A
Feudi di San Gregorio 2016 Studi Bussi (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyMore exuberant than the winery's Arielle bottling, this opens with heady aromas ...See Full ReviewN/A
Feudi di San Gregorio 2016 Studi Laura (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyYellow stone fruit, beeswax, Spanish broom and eucalyptus aromas form the nose. ...See Full ReviewN/A
Feudi di San Gregorio 2018 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyHoneysuckle and exotic fruit aromas are front and center on this dazzling ...See Full ReviewN/A
Villa Raiano 2016 Contrada Marotta (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of grilled herbs, ripe yellow stone fruits, Spanish broom and lychee ...See Full ReviewN/A
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Mastroberardino 2017 Nova Serra (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyWhite spring flower, ripe orchard fruit and white almond aromas take center ...See Full Review$30
Montesole 2016 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyThis opens with white-flower and ripe orchard-fruit aromas while the juicy palate ...See Full Review$20
Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Studi Fraedane (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyIntriguing scents of underbrush, grilled Mediterranean herb, honey and lemon zest carry ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$60
Cantine di Marzo 2016 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyFragrant white flower, citrus and crushed stone aromas lift out of the ...See Full Review$27
Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Studi Bussi (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyFragrant white spring flower, ripe orchard fruit and crushed stone aromas lead ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$60
Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Studi Laura (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas suggesting pressed acacia, citrus blossom and mature yellow stone fruit lift ...Cellar SelectionSee Full Review$60
Quintodecimo 2016 Giallo d'Arles (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalySavory and structured, this opens with enticing scents suggesting ripe yellow stone ...See Full Review$55
Villa Raiano 2015 Marotta (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyChopped herb, Mediterranean brush, white spring blossom and ripe citrus aromas take ...See Full Review$35
Feudi di San Gregorio 2015 Studi Arielle (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of pressed acacia flower, mature orange rind and Bartlett pear lead ...See Full Review$60
Di Meo 2017 G (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyCitrus blossom, peach and white stone fruit aromas lift out of the ...See Full Review$28
Le Masciare 2016 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyWhite spring flower, citrus blossom, Mediterranean brush and white stone-fruit aromas lead ...See Full ReviewN/A
Peppe Buio 2016 Astreo (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of citrus, Mediterranean scrub and orchard fruit waft from the glass. ...See Full Review$23
Agricola Bellaria 2016 Oltre (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of fragrant white flower, wild herb and a whiff of tropical ...See Full Review$30
Villa Raiano 2016 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyDelicate scents of white flower, yellow stone fruit and citrus drift out ...See Full Review$19