The couple Ennio and Mena was brought together by wine. Despite coming from different backgrounds and areas of Campania, both their families have been in wine for generations.
Ennio's grandfather was a winemaker in the province of Caserta. Here he grew Asprinino, which he pressed and kept in big limestone cave dug under the family house. Ennio's wine Mena was born in Torrecuso, a small village close to Benevento, located 420 meters above sea level, where the grapes Aglianico and Falanghina are two most important DOC. It is in this small village, in the cellar of Mena's grandfather, that they have started producing wine under the name Canlibero. The name of the winery is a paraphrase of "San Libero" (San Liberatore), protector of Torrecuso and the place where Ennio and Mena got married. It also refers to the term "maverick" (cane libero, in italian: free dog is an unorthodox or independent-minded person) and a tribute to their dog, Brando, that also appear on their labels.
Ennio and Mena produce terrior wine, and as much as they the wines refelect the area, it also reflect ethics and personality of those who produced it.
For them wine is spiritual nourishment, but to give it emotions and feelings it needs to be done with awareness.
The vineyard is managed and cultivated biodynamicaly, which implies the use of green manure and biodynamic preparations. The grapes consits of Aglianico, Falanghina and Trebbiano all from fifty year old vines. The grapes are picked by hand and the fermentations starts spntaneously wihtout adding any cultured yeast. The most radical action is the strive for working completly without sulfur in every stage of the winemaking. For the the moment they only use sulfur when botteling.