Located in the city of Santa Paolina, in the Avellino area of Campania, Marilena Aufiero’s father inherited the land through his family and planted vines himself. Her parents decided to retire in 2006 and Marilena had been working as a professional lawyer while working at the family winery, until 2009 when she decided to pursue winemaking full time. In doing so she wanted to focus her energies on only their own grapes, specifically that of Greco di Tufo which has become her passion. It is a rich, complex and expressive varietal with a spectrum of potential expressions embodied in its difficult growing nature, its tannins and acid structure that requires time to evolve. To reach such heights and to care for the delicate upkeep of her vineyards, she stresses keeping the environment as natural as possible, from vineyard to cellar to the point of eschewing malolactic fermentation and any form of stabilization in the final product and of course never using any form of pesticides or herbicides.
The name Bambinuto comes from "benevenuti" meaning "welcome." It's a word from their local dialect. Her mothers family comes from Venezuela and when they arrived in Santa Polina, they were told "bambinuto" with the intended meaning being "benvenuto" (welcome). This became her mother's family's nickname and thus the name of the winery.
Vino Spumante, "Cur"
100% Greco di Tufo
From one hectare of vines planted in 1992 on clay-limestone soils sitting 500 meters above sea level. The grapes are hand-harvested at the end of August and is macerated on skins for 40 days, followed by fermentation in steel with indigenous yeasts. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle on the lees for six years. Disgorged: April 2017 with extra brut dosage.