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 2017 Studi Nassano (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyShowing structure and depth, this opens with aromas of hazelnut, freshly baked ...See Full Review$60
Di Meo 2019 G (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyTropical fruit and yellow spring flower aromas fill the glass. Juicy and ...See Full Review$28
Di Meo 2018 G (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyThis radiant white opens with heady aromas of spring blossoms, pear, exotic ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$28
Cantine di Marzo 2018 Vigna Serrone (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyEucalyptus, citrus and freshly baked bread aromas waft out of the glass. ...See Full Review$28
Cantine di Marzo 2018 Vigna Ortale (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyWild herb, mature white stone fruit and citrus aromas come together in ...See Full Review$28
Cantine di Marzo 2019 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyAromas of spring wildflowers and yellow stone fruit shape the nose along ...See Full Review$21
Cantine di Marzo 2018 Vigna Laure (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyEnticing aromas suggesting spring blossoms, white stone fruits and Mediterranean brush shape ...See Full Review$28
Claudio Quarta 2019 Cantina Sanpaolo (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyBeeswax, eucalyptus and white stone fruit aromas emerge from the glass. Crisp ...See Full ReviewN/A
Cantine di Marzo 2018 Linea Stemma (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalySubtle aromas suggesting medicinal herb and citrus lead the nose. On the ...See Full Review$16
Terre d'Aione 2019 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyWhite spring flower and exotic fruit aromas take center stage on this ...See Full Review$18
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe 2018 Nestor (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of yellow apple, peach and Bartlett pear follow over to the ...See Full Review$18
Donnachiara 2017 Aletheia (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyDelicate aromas of hawthorn mingle with a whiff of tropical fruit. The ...See Full Review$30
Feudi di San Gregorio 2017 Studi Chiantelle (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyInviting aromas of ripe apple, Bartlett pear and white spring flower are ...See Full Review$60
Mastroberardino 2017 Stilema (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyStructured, elegant and savory, this wine offers delicate aromas of wild flowers, ...See Full Review$65
Feudi di San Gregorio 2017 Studi Ariella (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyWhite spring blossom and yellow stone fruit aromas shape the enticing nose ...See Full Review$60
Feudi di San Gregorio 2019 Cutizzi (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyElderflower, tropical-fruit and citrus aromas are front and center on this fragrant ...See Full Review$33
Mastroberardino 2019 Nova Serra (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyWhite spring blossom, exotic fruit and peach aromas shape the enticing nose. ...See Full Review$28
Villa Raiano 2019 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyCrisp and savory, this polished white has enticing scents of hawthorn, white ...See Full ReviewN/A
Villa Raiano 2018 Ponte dei Santi (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyTangy and vibrant, this opens with delicate aromas suggesting hawthorn, Mediterranean scrub ...See Full Review$29
Tenute Capaldo 2018 Goleto (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAged 80% in barriques and casks and 20% in amphora, this opens ...See Full Review$50