Wines of the FUSO Project

Aug 18, 2023

The FUSO lineup of wines were born from a partnership between wine importer, Porto Vino, and various independent farmer-winemakers across Italy. These wines encapsulate the essence of their respective terroirs, presenting authentic snapshots of nature within each bottle. Curated to tell stories from across a diverse wine culture while remaining genuinely affordable, the FUSO line have been Hop City staff favorites for years. They never fail to satisfy and we think there’s truly something for everyone in this line up.

Flora Prosecco and Rosato
From Col di Luna in Veneto we get two sparkling wines; a classic Prosecco and a pet-nat style Rosato. The Prosecco is a Brut style and is made from 100% Glera. It’s dry and crisp with notes of green apple, pear, and fresh flowers. The Rosato is made from Raboso and shows a beautiful deep pink color. The palate has lively acidity, a gentle spiced note, and brambly fruits.

$18.99; available at Krog, West End & Fayetteville


Cala Terre Siciliane Bianco and Rosso
Two Sicilian wines join the lineup from winemaker Dario Sarrentino. The Bianco is a skin-contact Catarratto. This particular variety of Catarratto is called “extra shiny” and produces a particularly rich orange color. The grapes are harvested early to maintain acidity. The wine is dry and structured, with notes of stone fruit, cantaloupe, sandalwood, and dried flowers. Its sibling, the Rosso, is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Grillo. It’s dark and rustic with a surprising balance of acidity. You’ll taste notes of dark cherry, purple plum, baking spice, and herbs.

$19.99; Cala Bianco available at West End; Cala Rosso available at Krog & West End


TEH Rosso
This Piedmont style blend from Federico Russo is as easy to drink as it is full of depth. The blend is built on Barbera with a changing amount of Freisa, Grignolino, and Bonarda to support. The grapes are grown on sandy, limestone soils which carry through into the structure of the wine with a subtle chalkiness on the palate. That minerality is balanced with bright raspberry, rich plum and blackberry. It’s rustic and smooth, and embodies the Italian saying “simple but not boring”.

$17.99; available at West End

CALX Primitivo
Primitivo is an indigenous cousin to Zinfandel. This example made by Fillipo Cassarro in Puglia is grown on limestone soil (Calx is actually an old Latin word for limestone) and is a great example of the style. It’s fresh and bright with big notes of red berries and dried figs and subtle spice. It’s a great pairing on any pizza night.

$19.99; available at Krog & West End



Take stock of fresh bottles hitting the shelves on our New Arrivals page.

New @ Krog

  • Union Sacré Skin Contact Pinot Gris (California)
  • Scar of the Sea Rosé (California)
  • Bodegas Morgon Albarin (Spain)
  • Matthieu Barret Petit Ours Syrah (France)
  • Lightwell Survey Hinterman (Virginia)

New @ West End

  • Alexakis Assyrtiko (Greece)
  • Via Alpina Sauvignon (Italy)
  • Bloodroot Undertow Red (California)
  • Milan Reynard Rebels (France)

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