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The Birth of the World’s First Falanghina

A Thousand Year Old Story

Starting from the Beginning

Moments that have highlighted our path

The First Vineyards

1700

Cesare Mustilli plants the first vineyard on the hills of Santacroce.

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The Birth of Our Firm

1960

Leonardo Mustilli decides to dedicate himself full-time to viticulture and wine production in the ancient family cellars, hewn 50 feet into the ancient tufa foundations of the city of Sant’Agata de’ Goti.

Research

1970

Leonardo Mustilli researches and rediscovers the local authoctonous wines and is particularly impressed by the Falanghina varietal.

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Birth of the First Falanghina

1979

Falanghina is commercially produced for the first time by Mustilli.

DOC Sant'Agata De' Goti

1993

Sant'Agata de' Goti is established with the appellative DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin)

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Change of Headquarters

2002

The company relocates to new production headquarters and cellars.

La nostra storia

The story of Leonard  Mustilli is inextricably entwined with the evolution and cultivation of the wines of the Sannio. The father of Falanghina, Leonardo and a small group of spirited pioneers decided in the early 1970’s to take a chance on a varietal that, at the time, was destined for distillery use only. Leonardo masterminded a complete overhaul of the family business featuring Falanghina, convinced that a single-varietal label would showcase the qualities of this authoctonous grape. In 1992 he supported Cantine Aperte, a weeklong winetasting event initiated by the Movimento Turismo in Campania.   Today the old headquarters at Palazzo Rainone located in the heart of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, (that host hospitality services, wine bar and the 16th century tufa cellars) is where this family of noble lineage made their home.  Leonardo dedicated the rest of his life to the promotion of Falanghina and the territories of the Sannio where it is grown (recounted in the book “Falanghina” published in 2004) accompanied by his wife Marilì and two daughters Paola and Anna Chiara, who now run the company.

 

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