CANTINA LA GUARDIENSE is one of the largest agricultural cooperative in Italy. It includes over fifty years of cooperation and oenological history. To his credit 1000 members and 200.000 quintals of grapes with four lines of products.
The La Guardiense agricultural cooperative is one of the largest in Italy. It was founded in 1960 by 33 farsighted and courageous partners, while today it has about a thousand. Here we meet farmers who directly farm more than 1,500 hectares of vineyards. Which are located in the hills at an altitude of about 350 meters above sea level.
Therefore, they give an average life to an annual production of about 200,000 quintals of grapes. The winery is located in Santa Lucia di Guardia Sanframondi in the province of Benevento. It rises in a very particular area of southern Italy, and we are geographically in Campania. To understand the identity of this land, it is necessary to untie from the physical location and move into the historical one. In this way we find ourselves in the land of the Samnites, in a rolling plain, hilly and with a particular microclimate which allows us to never have excesses of heat or cold. In fact it is wedged between the Matese mountains that separate from Molise and the Taburno that divides from Naples.
It should be noted that the Cantina Guardiense pays great attention to environmental sustainability by making use of its own renewable energy production processes from its own innovative photovoltaic system.
Another peculiarity of the Guardiense winery is that which has one of the most important sparkling wine production plants in the South. The production is extensive and articulated with about 4 million bottles in production. It is divided into three lines: Janare, Fremondo and Classica, to which are added sparkling wines produced with the Charmat or Martinotti method and with the Classic method. But it is not the numbers that make sense to Guardiense. The Cellar is led by only three presidents in fifty years. In fact, they have been able to adapt to the times and the changing of the markets, becoming the best wine producers in Campania. They have also become the symbol of technological progress for the entire province, thus succeeding in combining experience and modernity.
Very important to know the following: Janare was born as part of a project to protect native vines. In fact, these are selections aimed at enhancing, in particular, Falanghina and Aglianico. In fact this is the first attempt to “zonate” in the territory, it aims to enhance the qualitative characteristics of wine production by linking them to the unrepeatable specificity of production sites. The name of the seven cru of this line derives, in fact, from that of the most suitable production sites of the territory of reference.