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Italy. Campania. Terre del Volturno.

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

Vineyards and environment of Volturno at Terre del Principe estate (with Peppe Mancini winemaker), Castel Campagnano, Italy. © Valerio Rosellini/Favourite Wines

“Terre del Volturno” includes white, rosé, and red wines made in the municipalities and with the grapes eligible in the provinces of Caserta (76 municipalities, including Castel Campagnano) and Napoli (3 municipalities). Among the 13 registered grape varieties, there are Casavecchia, Pallagrello bianco (white) and Pallagrello Nero (red). Volturno itself is the most important river of southern Italy; it crosses Campania region for 175 Km (108 Miles) originating in Abruzzo National Park and flowing out by Tirreno sea. Soils in Volturno Valley are suitable for farming since immemorable times. By the end of the IX century BC at the time of the earlier Greek colonies, a type of Viticulture was carried out by Etruscans around their Capua settlement. During the Roman Empire, the winemaking in the area was considered a resource to protect, but after the fall of it any type of quality agriculture perished superseded by subsistence practices. Vines at some extent continued to be looked after by religious organizations being part of Christianism rituals. Only recently, since the late XVIII century’s natural research, they got to rediscover some of the original grape varieties forgotten, initially just from a botanical view. Hence, in more contemporary time, the winemaking interest bent more towards interesting local varieties than the usual international ones. Precisely, local wines of this area have been considered having balanced physic-chemical characteristic over all varieties and having taste and smell for the most expressive of flavours typical of the vines.

Wine description

TERRE DEL VOLTURNO BIANCO typically has a straw-yellow colour; delicate, fruity, and characteristic smell; dry, fresh, and harmonious taste. TERRE DEL VOLTURNO ROSSO has a ruby-red colour, tending to garnet with ageing; smell is pleasurable, delicate, characteristic; taste is dry, fresh, harmonious. [14]

[14] Winemaking normative requirements, up-to-date.

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