60 years of cooperation and wine history
1.000 farmer members
1.500 hectares of vineyards
200.000 quintals of grapes
5 products lines: janare, aicon, fremondo, classica e spumanti
2 grown vines: falanghina and aglianico
1 winemaker Riccardo Cotarella
The farming co-operative La Guardiense, which is one of the biggest in Italy, was founded in 1960 by 33 farsighted and courageous farmers. Today it counts around 1,000 farmer members. They are direct winegrowers cultivating their own respective grapes on around 1,500 hectares of vineyards situated mainly on hilly soils at an average height of 350 metres and with a yearly grape production of about 200,000 quintals.
Great attention is paid to the environmental sustainability which is adopted at each stage of the transformation process using renewable energy produced by its own innovative photovoltaic system.
The Co-operative uses one of the most important systems for the production of its sparkling wine in all southern Italy.
But there is more to the winery than a list of numbers. It has been led by only three different presidents over the last 50 years, although it has been very successful in adapting to the new era and to the many market changes that have occurred over this time, thus becoming a symbol of the technological progress for the entire province of the Sannio region combining as it does experience and modernity.