Campania Wine

Naples at the table – Photo © italy2007photos
Naples at the table – Photo © italy2007photos

The ancient Romans considered Campania Felix to be the “non plus ultra” of wine regions. They favored the vineyards along the coast north of Naples where Falernum, the most treasured wine of the empire, was grown. They also lauded the wines of Vesuvius and the hills of Avellino. The Greeks, too, recognized the privileged nature of the place, introducing vines which still stand out today in Aglianico and Greco.

Campania’s vinicultural fortunes had been declining for decades as growers left the land and a majority of producers ignored DOC. But there have always been exceptions, none more conspicuous than the trio of classified wines – the red Taurasi and the white Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo – all grown in the hills east of Naples.

Taurasi, from Aglianico, has been called “the Barolo of the south” due to its size and ability to age, though its style is proudly its own. That red wine is now a DOCG. Fiano and Greco are among italy’s most distinguished whites.

The wines of Ischia and Solopaca rate increasing praise, as do the new DOCs of Falerno del Massico, where the ancient Falernum was grown. Recently the region’s wine authorities have put the emphasis on controlled quality in new zones designed to revive Campania’s historical potential.

Campania Wines:

DOCG Wine
Fiano di Avellino
Greco di Tufo
Taurasi

DOC Wine
Aglianico del Taburno
Aversa
Campi Flegrei
Capri
Castel San Lorenzo
Cilento
Costa d’Amalfi
Falerno del Massico
Galluccio
Guardia Sanframondi or Guardiolo
Ischia
Penisola Sorrentina
Sannio
Sant’Agata dei Goti
Solopaca
Taburno
Vesuvio

IGT Wine
Beneventano
Campania
Colli di Salerno
Dugenta
Epomeo
Irpinia
Paestum
Pompeiano
Roccamonfina
Terre del Volturno

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