Italy's wine tradition is known throughout the world. Each region produces typical wines that are appreciated by the most qualified wine lovers. Among these, there is Campania, an area with an ancient winemaking tradition, suitable for the cultivation of various types of vines. From Irpinia to the Amalfi Coast, from the province of Caserta to the slopes of Vesuvius.
The red wine of Campania par excellence, Taurasi is a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) typical of the province of Avellino. It is a wine made from 85% Aglianico, a red grape variety widespread in Campania and southern Italy. The first evidence of one of Campania's most typical products dates back to the seventh century BC, when the grape variety was imported from Greece. According to a document of 1167, the Spanish called 'Aglianica' the vine cultivated near "Taurasia", an ancient Irpinian town that corresponds to the present Taurasi. Over the centuries, the production of Taurasi has increased along with its notoriety. Aglianico of Taurasi is an intense vine, rich in tannins and difficult to cultivate and make wine from. For this reason, once brought to the table, it restores to the nose hints of violet, black cherry, undergrowth and is able to rekindle passion thanks to its shades of intense red.
We remain in the province of Avellino with another DOCG wine of more than fine workmanship, Greco di Tufo. This white wine is made up of 85% Greco and 15% Coda di Volpe, two vines that are very common in Irpinia. It is one of the few Italian white wines that lends itself to consistent aging. Greco di Tufo is produced in two types, the classic white and the sparkling. Like Aglianico and as its name suggests, Greco also owes its origin to its importation by Greek colonies around the seventh century BC. Warm, sumptuous wine with a great sensory personality: peach, apple, almonds and honey are just some of the scents that can be distinguished on the nose. A product of excellence that goes well with most fish dishes, unseasoned cheeses but also risottos. The sparkling wine, made using the classic method, goes wonderfully with hors d'oeuvres based on cured meats.
Fresh, soft, delicate and with excellent acidity, Falanghina is a white grape variety from which one of the most appreciated and consumed wines in Campania is produced. The areas where it is mainly produced are the Sannio Beneventano, the province of Caserta and the Campi Flegrei. It is a vine with ancient origins, of Greek-Balkan derivation, which owes its name to the term 'falange' or 'supported by poles', as the grapes were traditionally tied to two support poles. Over the centuries, Falanghina production declined more and more until it was almost abandoned. When, in the early 1900s, it was discovered that Falanghina is one of the few vines not attacked by phylloxera and that volcanic soils increase its immunity, the vine was re-evaluated and the number of bottles produced each year increased. Falanghina del Sannio Beneventano has been recognised as DOC and has entered by right into the temple of Campania wines. It has a straw-yellow, almost golden colour and is distinguished by its fruity aroma. Perfect to serve during an aperitif, it is recommended to pair Falanghina with fried fish, shellfish, and white meat.
A white grape variety, Fiano is a typical product of Campania and one of the most popular DOCG wines in Italy: Fiano di Avellino. The name originates from a population from the Apuan Alps that was overrun by the Romans in the second century BC. The barbarian people introduced the Apuano vine into the Campania region, which then became Apiano, Afiano and finally Fiano. A wine with an elevated organoleptic richness, Fiano di Avellino has a full-bodied, savory, fresh profile, but with aromas that are the envy of the most famous French wines. Ripe fruit, hazelnuts, flowers and honey are the main scents that leave anyone approaching a glass of Fiano for the first time enraptured. Territorial excellence of Avellino and its province, Fiano is also cultivated in Sannio and Cilento, where it maintains different degrees of purity and manages to express different but equally interesting characteristics from those of Avellino.
With peaks touching the sky and cliffs lapping the sea, the Amalfi Coast has a spectacular morphological structure. The numerous terraces carved out of the mountain are an ideal place for the cultivation of vineyards and the production of wine, which for years have conquered the palates of the many visitors to the Coast. Despite the difficulties due to the dynamism of the territory, thanks to the work of expert vine-growers and knowledgeable oenologists, the wineries of the Amalfi Coast have carved out a slice of the market among the excellences of Campania's oenology. Among the red grape varieties are Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Tintore, a centuries-old vine typical of Tramonti, from which the DOC Costa d'Amalfi is produced. Among the most produced white wines, there are Fenile, mostly present in the area of Furore, Ginestra and Papella. All the white grape varieties are included in the DOC Costa d'Amalfi.
Visiting a country also means discovering and tasting the flavours produced by its land. A sip of wine hides within it a world made up of centuries and centuries of research, hard work and infinite love for the raw materials given to us by mother nature. For a tourist discovering the world of food and wine for the first time, it is not easy to find your way around the huge range of products that the region has to offer. In this regard, it is advisable to be guided by an expert who can suggest and direct visitors towards the best routes to follow. Who better than the internationally renowned sommelier Daniele di Palma? Owner of the tours organised by Wine Tour Amalfi Coast. A leader in private wine tours made in Campania. Daniele accompanies his guests on tasting tours of the most renowned wineries in Campania: Borgo Giulia, Bosco De' Medici, Tagliaferro, Marisa Cuomo and Reale and many others. A rich offer of packages, suitable for all types of food and wine explorers: the Silver Tour that includes a visit to the most beautiful and suggestive villages of the Amalfi Coast with tastings of typical wines, the Mozzarella and Wine Tour that includes a lesson in mozzarella production accompanied by tastings of local cheeses and wines, but also boat tours, cooking classes and sport fishing. Among the excursions organised by Wine Tour Amalfi Coast there are visits to Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii and dedicated to the Amalfi lemon and the production of limoncello, a typical liqueur of Campania envied all over the world. Not only a pleasure visit but also a lot of dissemination and knowledge, the tours don't just showcase the region's bounty but allow you to try your hand at interactive activities. Daniele di Palma's extensive knowledge allows everyone to understand all the stages of wine production and the techniques that make them unique in the world.BOOK A WINE TOUR AMALFI COAST PACKAGE❯
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