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.
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Mustilli 2017 Sant'Agata dei Goti (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyEnticing scents of green apple, peach blossom and crushed stone mingle together ...See Full Review$34
La Sibilla 2016 Cruna deLago Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)Southern ItalyAromas suggesting petrol, wet stone, citrus rind and Mediterranean scrub lead the ...See Full Review$35
Feudi di San Gregorio 2018 Serrocielo (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyYellow stone fruit, orange blossom and Mediterranean scrub aromas form the delicate, ...See Full ReviewN/A
Fattoria La Rivolta 2018 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyHeady aromas suggesting ripe apple, honeysuckle and tropical fruit almost jump out ...See Full Review$20
Botromagno 2017 Falanghina (Puglia)Southern ItalyAromas of ripe yellow apple and melon meld with accents of fennel ...See Full Review$19
Cantina Ariano 2017 Falanghina (Puglia)Southern ItalyA ripe melon aroma is juxtaposed with sharp herb and flint tones ...See Full ReviewN/A
Coppi 2018 Guiscardo Falanghina (Puglia)Southern ItalyBoisterous aromas of confected peach and banana carry to the palate. This ...See Full Review$18
Castoro Cellars 2017 Whale Rock Vineyard Falanghina (Paso Robles)Central CoastCandied honeydew, lime cream, white peach and chalk show on the inviting ...See Full Review$30
Wrath 2016 Ex Dolio Falanghina (Monterey)Central CoastPaying homage to how the Romans would have fermented their Falanghina in ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$29
Dubl NV Brut Metodo Classico Falanghina (Vino Spumante)Italy OtherWildflower, Mediterranean brush and citrus aromas lead the way. The juicy palate ...See Full Review$30
Mastroberardino 2017 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyAromas of honeysuckle, honeydew melon and tropical fruit lead the nose. On ...See Full Review$20
Montesole 2016 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyThis opens with yellow stone-fruit and spring-flower aromas. The savory palate offers ...See Full Review$18
Fattoria La Rivolta 2016 Taburno (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyHoneysuckle, orange blossom, pear, wild herb and apple aromas follow over to ...See Full ReviewN/A
Mustilli 2016 Sant'Agata dei Goti (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalySpring flower, citrus blossom orchard fruit aromas drift out of the glass ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$18
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe 2016 Lila Falanghina (Irpinia)Southern ItalyEnticing scents of white orchard fruit, crushed herb and citrus blossom float ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Rossovermiglio 2016 Falanghina del SannioSouthern ItalyDeeply yellow colored, this opens with aromas of Spanish broom, bread crust ...See Full ReviewN/A
Salvatore Martusciello 2016 Sette Vulcani Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)Southern ItalyPlanted on original rootstocks, this vibrant linear white shows flair and finesse. ...See Full Review$18
La Sibilla 2016 Falanghina (Campi Flegrei)Southern ItalyInviting aromas of Mediterranean brush, yellow peach and pineapple follow over to ...See Full Review$18
Quintodecimo 2016 Via del Campo Falanghina (Irpinia)Southern ItalyPackaged in an extremely heavy bottle, this offers subtle aromas of banana, ...See Full Review$50
Fontanavecchia 2016 Taburno (Falanghina del Sannio)Southern ItalyHoneysuckle and tropical fruit aromas leap out of the glass. On the ...See Full Review$20
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