Two distinct Italian white wine grape varieties are commonly referred to as Falanghina, or Falanghina Greco—Falanghina Flegrea and Falanghina Beneventana. The two are often blended together, as well as with other indigenous Italian grape varieties, and the Italian vine census does not distinguish one subvariety of Falanghina from the other. Both grapes are primarily cultivated in the Campania region of southern Italy, though there is some production in neighboring regions such as Puglia and Abruzzo.
Falanghina is pronounced with a hard “g”, sounded out as “fah-lahn-geeh-nah.”
The reputation of Falanghina wines has improved significantly since the mid-1990s, thanks in part to modern fermentation techniques. In particular, the use of stainless steel vessels in the winery that enabled producers to preserve the fragrant aromatics of the wine. Some producersalso undertook a concerted effort to revive the grape as a single varietal bottling.
Falanghina Flegrea is the better known of Falanghina’s subvarieties, and is a signature white grape of the Campania region. Its yellow-skinned, waxy berries thrive in this terroir, typified by a Mediterranean climate and volcanic soils.
Falanghina Flegrea is grown in Campi Flegrei and is perhaps at its best in the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wines of Falerno del Massico and Falanghina del Sannio. Wines made from Falanghina Flegrea are light, generally unoaked and highly fragrant. Many show a distinctively leafy note on the nose, along with citrus fruit aromas. On the palate, common descriptors include apple, pear and stony minerality.
The Falanghina Flegrea variety is thought to have been used to produce Falernian, Italy’s best-known wine during the Roman period. Falernian wines were produced in dry and sweet styles and were high in alcohol. The old Falernian style remained popular until at least the 4th century AD. Whether Falanghina was the base for this prized old wine is not known for sure, though the two certainly share a link today. Ancient Falernian wine gave rise to today’s Falerno del Massico DOC, whose white wines may be some of the strongest expressions of the Falanghina Flegrea variety.
Falanghina Beneventana comes from the Benevento province and is a great value. Most of these wines are labelled as Falanghina Beneventano Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT). Note that the names of the grape variety and IGT are spelled differently, though both are derived from the Benevento province.
Falanghina Beneventana wines express concentrated citrus fruit character on the nose, with notes of bitter orange, orange peel, tangerine and candied fruits. On the palate, Falanghina Beneventana is dry, with high acidity and flavors that include floral, herbal and tropical fruit notes.
Our extensive database below offers hundreds of options for Falanghina wines to choose from, each reviewed by our expert tasters. Use the filters to narrow your options and find the perfect bottle to meet your preferences.
Paternoster 2018 Volcanico Falanghina (Basilicata)Southern ItalyA feint nose of lemon, apple and blanched almond starts off this ...See Full Review$20
Coppi 2019 Guiscardo Falanghina (Puglia)Southern ItalyAromas of yellow plum and citrus zest carry the straightforward nose. The ...See Full Review$21
Di Meo 2019 S Falanghina (Campania)Southern ItalyWhite spring flower and orchard fruit aromas lift out of the glass. ...See Full Review$18
Castoro Cellars 2018 Whale Rock Vineyard Falanghina (Paso Robles)Central CoastThis is worth checking out if simply for the novelty of a ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$30
Terre Stregate 2018 Svelato (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyAromas of tropical fruit and white spring wildflower shape the nose. On ...See Full Review$23
Antico Castello 2017 Demetra Falanghina (Irpinia)Southern ItalyFloral aromas of orange blossom and honeysuckle mingle with exotic fruit on ...See Full Review$28
Cantine Astroni 2018 Colle Imperatrice Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)Southern ItalyMeyer lemon, oyster shell and wet stone aromas form the nose on ...See Full Review$20
Cantine Astroni 2016 Vigna Astroni Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)Southern ItalyThis has aromas suggesting yellow peach and Mediterranean brush. The aromas follow ...See Full ReviewN/A
Nativ 2018 Vico Riviera 99 Falanghina (Beneventano)Southern ItalyTropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas form the subtle nose. It's simply refreshing, ...See Full Review$23
Mustilli 2019 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyRefreshing and savory, this opens with delicate scents of spring field flower, ...See Full Review$18
Wrath 2017 Ex Dolio Falanghina (Monterey)Central CoastWinemaker Sabrine Rodems and proprietor/archaeologist Michael Thomas emulate Roman winemaking, with this ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$29
Fattoria La Rivolta 2019 Taburno (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyTropical fruit, hawthorn, sage and Mediterranean brush aromas waft out of the ...See Full ReviewN/A
Feudi di San Gregorio 2019 Serrocielo (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyFresh and savory, this opens with heady aromas evoking honeysuckle and tropical ...See Full Review$33
Poggio La Noce 2017 Baja (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyThis mineral-driven white has aromas evoking burnt match, acacia, petrol and sea ...See Full Review$25
Mustilli 2018 Sant'Agata dei Goti Vigna Segreta (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalySpring blossom, white stone fruit and nutty aromas form the nose. Tangy ...See Full Review$34
Feudi di San Gregorio 2019 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalySpring wild-flower and exotic fruit aromas are front and center. It's crisp ...See Full Review$17
Rossovermiglio 2017 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyAromas of yellow wild flower, ripe tropical fruit and a yeasty whiff ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$20
Vestini Campagnano 2018 Falanghina (Terre del Volturno)Southern ItalyWhite spring flower and green-melon aromas lead the nose on this bright, ...See Full Review$40
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe 2018 Falanghina (Irpinia)Southern ItalyWhite stone fruit, wild herb and spring blossom aromas lift out of ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Capolino Perlingieri 2018 Preta Falanghina (Campania)Southern ItalyTangy and delicious, this crisp, refreshing white has aromas of white stone ...See Full ReviewN/A
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