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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Tenute Capaldo 2017 Goleto (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyDelicately scented, this medium-bodied white offers enticing aromas of spring blossom, stone ...See Full Review$60
I Capitani 2018 Serum (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyLightly scented, this opens with aromas suggesting Spanish broom, stone fruit and ...See Full Review$22
Donnachiara 2018 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyLightly scented, this has delicate aromas of spring blossom and a whiff ...See Full Review$18
Agricola Bellaria 2017 Oltre (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas evoking petrol, ripe stone fruit, whiffs of eucalyptus and pressed wildflower ...See Full Review$20
Vesevo 2018 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyHoneysuckle and tropical-fruit aromas lead the exuberant nose. The aromas carry on ...See Full Review$15
Tenute Casoli 2016 Cupavaticale (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyDeeply colored yellow, this mature white has subdued aromas suggesting flint, eucalyptus ...See Full Review$40
Terrantica 2012 Etichetta Bianca (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of petrol and cellar floor lead the way on this amber-colored ...See Full ReviewN/A
I Favati 2017 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyAromas of toasted nut, hay and a whiff of citrus carry over ...See Full ReviewN/A
Tenute Casoli 2017 Le Crete (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyThis deeply-hued white wine shows the heat of the vintage. It has ...See Full Review$25
Nativ 2018 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyThe shy nose eventually gives up a whiff of citrus and a ...See Full Review$24
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 Cutizzi (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyHeady aromas of Spanish broom, white and yellow stone fruit and Mediterranean ...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
Villa Raiano 2018 Greco di TufoSouthern ItalyAromas of spring wildflowers and tropical fruits are front and center. On ...See Full ReviewN/A
Terredora Di Paolo 2018 Le Loggia della Serra (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyEnticing scents of spring blossoms, citrus, white stone fruit and Mediterranean brush ...See Full Review$25
Colli di Castelfranci 2018 Grotte (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyAromas of tropical fruit and wisteria fill the glass. On the crisp ...See Full Review$18
Mastroberardino 2017 Nova Serra (Greco di Tufo)Southern ItalyWhite spring flower, ripe orchard fruit and white almond aromas take center ...See Full Review$30