La Guardiense is situated in Contrada Santa Lucia of Guardia Sanframondi in the province of Benevento.
The winery lies in the heart of the land of the Samnites, in an undulating valley with both flats and hills that exploit a particular microclimate suitable for the grape-growing due to the protection of the Appennines.
The Cooperative La Guardiense, one of the largest in Italy, was founded in 1960 by 33 farsighted and courageous pioneer, nowadays counts approximately one thousand associates.
These farmers cultivate and manage directly approx 1800 hectares of vineyards situated on hilly lands at an average altitude of about 350 meters a.s.l, enhancing the cooperative to produce yearly about 200 000 hectoliters of wine.
These numbers alone do not give the right measure of the importance of this winery for the local area. In fact the Cooperative has been constantly able to change and renew itself according to the changing of the times and the market habits, becoming a symbol of the technological progress for the entire province of Benevento combining both experience and modernity.
VALUES: RESPECT FOR THE PAST WITH A GLANCE TAKEN TO THE FUTURE
Assisted by the extraordinary enological skills of Prof. Cotarella, La Guardiense has focused its efforts to the production of still and sparkling wines achieving constant and excellent quality standards.
It is the main and active promoter of the food and wine culture in Sannio.
It pays a great attention to environmental sustainability using and exploiting, for its production processes, renewable energy generated by its own innovative photovoltaic system.
Through its passion for the land, the respect of a past rich in history and attention to the changes that characterize our era, La Guardiense articulates its production, in a wide range of still and sparkling wines with a great focus on native grape varieties as for instance Falanghina, Aglianico, and both Fiano or Greco. The sparkling wines produced both in Charmat and Champenois method are day by day achieving a great relevance on the national and international market.
The brand Janare represents in a particular way, the real excellence of the winery, including wines with very characteristic bouquets, under the constant and diligent supervision of Prof. Cotarella, considered one of the most famous Italian winemaker and current president of the Italian Oenologist Board. In each single bottle experience, technical and vocational skills of the territory are combined, and this let these wines be always more desirable.
Date of cooperative foundation: 1960
Number of members: 1.000
Vineyard surface: 1.500 ha
Varieties cultivated:Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, Coda di Volpe, Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sangiovese and more
Types of wine produced: Falanghina del Sannio Dop, Sannio Dop, Varietali IGP Benevento, Spumanti Metodo Charmat e Metodo Classico
Number of bottles produced: about 5.5 millions