Campania, Barolo of the South
Verona, March 2nd 2012 - The stunning region of Campania, situated in southern Italy, is anchored by its capital Naples or Napoli as it is known locally. An ancient Roman favorite wine producing region, its name comes from Campania felix (Latin for "fertile land"). It is one of Italy's hottest up and coming wine regions and is represented at OperaWine by great producers: Feudi di San Gregorio, Galardi, Mastroberardino, Montevetrano and Terredora di Paolo.
Historians have recorded remnants of winemaking techniques that are still used today in Campania, dating back to the times of the Roman Empire, and when the Greeks colonized it 2700 years ago. 20 years ago however, half of the DOC's came from only one producer, Mastroberardino. At the time, the region had the lowest percentage of DOC wine in Italy, less than 2%. The Mastroberardino estate played a vital role in the revitalization of Campania's ancient varietals such as: Fiano, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico, many of them, the same ones the Greeks and Romans planted.
As there were only a handful of quality Aglianico producers for many years, its potential as a grape and that of its fellow ancient varietals only began to be recognized in the late 1990s. Aglianico, in fact, has cultivated a notable presence among wine aficionados worldwide. However, it is in the Taurasi zone, Campania's only red DOCG, that the grape realizes the height of its expression, captured in the moniker Barolo of the South.
It has come a long way since, thanks to estates such as Mastroberardino, Terredora di Paolo and Feudi di San Gregorio. These three leading wineries sell on average 40% abroad and 60% domestically. with an overall increase of +5% since 2010. Currently top foreign markets are: USA Japan, Germany and Switzerland but wines from the region are witnessing rapidly increasing popularity in markets such as Russia and China.
Daniela Mastroberardino, owner of Terredora di Paolo and President of Movimento Turismo del Vino for Campania, attributes part of the increasing recognition of her region's wines to the efforts made by the organization since its creation in 1993, to encourage wineries to open their doors to visitors.
Besides tasting the finest expressions of Aglianico from Terredora di Paolo, Feudi di San Gregorio and Mastroberardino from the famed DOCG Taurasi zone, will be present at OperaWine, two boutique wineries, appreciated by discerning Italian wine connoisseurs: Montevetrano from the Salerno area and Galardi on the border with Lazio.
The Galardi winery is run by an enthusiastic group of dedicated cousins Maria Luisa Murena, Arturo and Dora Celentano, and Francesco Catello. The estate is firmly committed to making wine of the highest quality and has reaffirmed this commitment by hiring the distinguished oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella who shares their philosophy. Together they strive to maximize the intrinsic characteristics of Aglianico and Piedirosso through attentive and careful vineyard management.
Riccardo Cotarella is also the oenologist for Montevetrano where owner Silvia Imparato and the esteemed winemaker have created an iconic wine. Cotarella is particularly proud of this wine; being the very first he made, he considers it "The Father" of his reds. Guests attending OperaWine will be able to savor Montevetrano's Colli di Salerno 2009, in the company of owner Silvia Imparato, along with Feudi di San Gregorio's Serpico 2008, Galardi's Terra di Lavoro 2009, Mastroberardino's Radici Taurasi Riserva DOCG 1999 and Terredora di Paolo's Taurasi DOCG single vineyard "Pago dei Fusi" 2005, which like all iconic Italian wines presented at OperaWine, will be poured by the owners themselves.