Asprinio is a rare white grape variety, that is present in the Aversano Agro territory. It is a variety characterized by a marked acidity, from which it derives its name, and by extremely unique organoleptic qualities.
The method of cultivation of Asprinio is called "alberata aversana". It is an ancient, unique viticultural technique, an environmental and cultural asset of the area. For hundreds of years, our winegrowers have patiently taken care of the vines, picking the fruits by hand, carefully respecting the tradition.
The Asprinio vines are planted together with 'living' braces, usually poplar trees. The two plants grow together, in a love entanglement that allows the vine to extend its branches up to 15-20 meters from the ground. The great distance between the bunches and the ground allows the grapes to ripen, maintaining a golden colour and a high degree of acidity.
The harvest turns into a magical spectacle, during which skilled winemakers, also known as 'spider-men', climb customised, handcrafted ladders.
The grapes are then selected and harvested with care by hand. In the depths of a tuff cellar, the wine lays patiently for the complete maturation. In addition to being sour and fresh, Asprinio is naturally bubbly, a quality that leads our wines to a natural sparkling process.
The Agro Aversano, the cultivation area of the vine, falls in the provinces of Naples and Caserta and is bordered by the typical trees that characterize the landscape.
Here the branches of Asprinio draw sinuous and ungovernable shapes, which enchant visitors with a colourful and vibrant scenery. The vines, climbing up to the poplars, draw green tapestries with a height of 15 meters. A spectacle of wild elegance that is impossible to find in other places in the world.
Finally, the territory is rich in tuff caves, dug to obtain the building material of the centuries-old houses. These fascinating cavities host the cellars where the Asprinio ends its slow fermentation process.
For centuries, the greatest classical writers have praised the wines of Campania. Drinks of great value, which find in these lands their area of choice and that have enlivened the tables of the greatest emperors of history.
"DRENGOT has been named after the house of Rainulph, a noble Norman, founder and first count of Aversa. An important name that testifies the strong bond between the noble man and the land.It is precisely this bond that prompted the founder of DRENGOT to recover the old traditions that accompanied his childhood.
"I often walked in my grandfather's vineyards while the winegrowers were picking the grapes by hand. I vividly remember the smell of Asprinio. As an adult, I became an entrepreneur, away from my city, and I focused on several projects. When I returned to Aversa and took a walk in my grandfather's cellar, that smell pervaded me and that brought back to mind all my childhood memories. Next thing I knew, I had to introduce Asprinio to the world and not let our traditions die”. Alberto Verde, founder of Drengot
Drengot’s mission is to inform the whole world of a product that has almost completely disappeared, the result of ancient wisdom, a work carried out with patience, in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
The company has chosen to be the guardian of an exceptional territorial and cultural identity. A great responsibility, which gathers the gift of an ancient wisdom, bequeathed to us by the peoples who have colonized our lands.