A weekend of Irpinian truffles and wine full immersion has passed with a participation of outstanding number of enthusiasts at Tenuta Cavalier Pepe. Notably a colder zone than the rest of Campania region, Irpinia on Saturday morning was enriched with a full sun and clear blue skies amplifying the exciting experience of truffle hunting with the hunters and their dogs.
Milena Pepe of Tenuta Cavalier Pepe came up with the grand idea of pairing a selection of her wines with the truffles of the area. In the world of truffles and wine, there’s a whole lot of sensations that surround you in smell, taste, touch, sound and sight and diving into this world for a day is a very interesting journey of discovery. The wine estate was recently awarded as one of the World’s Best Vineyards 2022 along with prestigious Italian estates like Antinori, Ferrari Trento, Donnafugata, Marchesi di Barolo and Gaja.
The activity starts late in the morning outside the winery for a welcome drink with one of their sparkling wines, the Oro Rosè, a rosè sparkling wine made with indigenous red grape varieties that went through the Charmat method paired with bruschetta topped with Caciocavallo cheese Scorzone truffle. With the weather permitting, a short walk through a part of the centuries-old vineyards and olive groves follows while following the hunters and their dogs sniffing the ground for truffles. A guided truffle and wine tasting with the finger food prepared by the chef of La Veduta Restaurant follows at the event room of the restaurant where Franco de Luca and Tommaso Luongo of Associazione Italiana Sommelier conduct the steps in understanding and appreciating the pairing of the wines and truffles. Afterwards, a four-course lunch follows at the restaurant where each dish prepared by the chef is dedicated to truffles and paired with a particular wine for every dish to complete a unique sensory journey at the table.
The Guided Wine and Truffle Tasting:
Tuber Borchii (Bianchetto) paired with Oro Classico Spumante
Tuber Moschatum (Brumale) paired with Brancato Fiano di Avellino Riserva DOCG 2013
Tuber Mesentericum (Nero di Bagnoli) paired with Appio Irpinia Campi Taurasi DOC 2017
Tuber Borchii (Bianchetto) presented in a dessert prepared by Chef Anna Chiavazzo of Il Giardino di Ginevra paired with Chicco d’Oro Passito Campania IGT 2019
Antipasto: Beef Carpaccio with Nero di Bagnoli truffle the winery’s own production of extra virgin olive oil, I Tre Colli, paired with Bianco di Bellona Irpinia Coda di Volpe DOC 2014
Pasta: Ravioli with porcini mushrooms and Bianchetto truffle paired with Grancare Greco di Tufo Riserva DOCG 2018
Main Course: Slow-roasted pork fillet with Aglianico sauce and potato pie with Brumale black truffle flakes paired with La Loggia del Cavaliere Taurasi Riserva DOCG 2014
Dessert: Chocolate and hazelnut cake with truffles paired with Cerri Merry dessert wine.
The next dates for the Truffle and Wine Activities are: 18 Feb. 2023 (Saturday) and 19 Feb. 2023 (Sunday)
Prices: All-inclusive prices (morning activities plus four-course lunch) €70 per adult and €35 per child / Morning activities only (without lunch) €35 per adult and €15 per child
Advance reservation is a must.
For more information, contact the winery or visit their website.
Tenuta Cavalier Pepe
Address: Via Santa Vara, 83050 Sant’Angelo All’Esca (AV), Italy
Tel: +39 082773766 / +39 3493172480