The major wines of Campania are Falanghina
(a fresh, easygoing white), Aglianico
(a full-bodied red made from the local grape variety), Piedirosso
(a simple but tasty red wine), and Lacrima Christi
("tears of Christ", much of it made near Vesuvius). The most sumptuous wines come from Eastern Campania
, such as the rich Taurasi, light Greco di Tufo, and floral Fiano di Avellino. Specific Wineries:
- Casa d'Ambra on Ischia, one of the best wineries in the region
- Feudi di San Gregorio in Irpina, about an hour east of Naples in the Taurasi region
- Cantina del Mare in Bacoli (near Monte di Procida), where Pasquale Massa makes some fantastic Falanghina (review in Italian).
- Stappo wine bar in Monte di Procida, Via Panoramica 74, 40 47'29"N - 14 03'24"E.
- Cantina Solopaca - Via Bebiana 38, near Benevento, 082-497-7921, Open 8-1 every day, plus 3-8 M-Sat, email@example.com, they also have "vino sfuso" which you can fill up water bottles or other containers by the liter!
- Contrada Salandra - Via Trepiccioni 40, Pozzuoli, 081-854-1651, their Piedirosso and Falanghina were listed among Slow Food's favorite "everyday wines" (see two reviews in English)
- Farro - Via Virgilio 16-24, Bacoli/Fusaro, 081-854-5555, their Falanghina, Rosé, and Piedirosso were listed among Slow Food's favorite "everyday wines"
- La Sibilla - Ottaviano Augusto 19, Bacoli, 081-868-8778, also named a good "everyday wine" by Slow Food.
Elsewhere in Italy
Among the most famous wines of Italy are Brunello
(from Montalcino, Tuscany) and Barolo
(from Cuneo, Piedmont). For more information about Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, take a look at the Montalcino travel
section. Other well-known varieties are Chianti
(from a large area of Tuscany
's answer to Brunello), and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
(from the eponomous town in Tuscany
). Also recommended: Amarone della Valpolicella (from Vernona), a robust, full-bodied red and Nero d'Avola (from Sicily), a dark, robust wine from Sicily. Moio del Massico - another recommended southern Italian wine.
Wines in Italy can have VDT, IGT, DOC, and DOCG "appellations"; see the Wikipedia Italian wine page
for a good explanation.
|Il Vecchio Casato ||Rosso Salento ||2007? ||<€5 ||Drinkable, easygoing table wine; only €1 at Auchan! |
|Casa Vinicola Coppi ||Primitivo (Puglia IGT) ||2006 ||€5-10 ||simple/uncomplicated, smooth, fruity: plums |
|Tenuta Rapitalà ||Nero d'Avola ||2008 ||€5-10 ||peppery, rich, dark, blackberries & plums |
|Batasiolo ||Asti DOCG ||2008 ||€5-10 ||bubbly, sweet but not overly so, $8 at NEX |
|Château les Aiguières ||Saint Emilion ||2005 ||€10-15 ||delicious, rich, but drinkable--but let it breathe before drinking |
|Fontana Delle Selve ||IGT Beneventano Rosso ||2008? ||<€5 ||very smooth...not sure of price |
|Terradora ||Taurasi (DOCG) ||2003 ||€10-15 ||plums/prunes, silky smooth, balanced |
|Feudi di San Gregorio ||Trigaio (Campania Rosso IGT) ||2008 ||<€5 ||rich cherry & floral nose, mildly acidic, cranberry finish, €2 at Metro great value! |
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