|The small, lovely village of Guardia Sanframondi is home to La Guardiense, a farming cooperative formed by 33 associates in 1960, aiming to stimulate business and the local economy through combined efforts of research, development, production, shipping and marketing. By March, 2010, the anniversary of its first 50 years, it had grown to well over 1000 members.
The effectiveness of the Co-op is obvious in the quality of their products and the success of their sales locally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally. The local focus is reflected in the types of wines, all made with indigenous grapes, showing excellence and sophistication unheard of 20 years ago.
Their line of wines in the United States is Guardia 33, named after the 33 original founders. All are DOC, from the rolling hills of northern Campania, made from grapes first planted by Greek invaders over 2000 years ago.