Campania is famous around the world for its astonishing landscapes and deep blue sea dotted with the fabled islands on which, ancient tradition would have it, the Sirens dwelt and sang their songs to lure sailors to their doom. But just a few kilometers inland from Naples a true wine paradise awaits for those seeking a different off-the-beaten-track Italy: Irpinia. Meet your driver and expert tour leader to your hotel; after a leisurely drive you will stop at the famous Mastroberardino winery, family run for 10 generations by wine industry pioneers and innovators. When other wine producers were planting non-native grapes like Trebbiano, Mastroberardino remained loyal to their roots and used only local grape varieties. They make reds and whites from the Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina areas and even inside Pompeii. Tour the winery and taste their wines, consistent prize winners. When the 1980 earthquake destroyed most of their winery, they rebuilt it adding stunning frescoes by many artists in its beautiful cellars, making it a very special winery destination. Drive about 40 minutes to the Taurasi wine country to visit a uniquely designed winery in rocky caverns with fun, intriguing décor using old wine barrel staves. Over lunch on their panoramic terrace, drink their excellent wines. Return to your hotel in late afternoon.
Irpinia Wine Region History
The Region of Campania is well established on tourist maps but, curiously, not on those of wine lovers. Yet these noble and mellow hills have long presented the world with superb products, many of them derived from Ancient Greek grape varietals: little-known "blockbuster" reds and fragrant, delicate whites. The names Greco, a white varietal, and Aglianico, both mean Greek, the latter deriving from hellenic. The Roman naturalist and historian Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.) described both of these grapes in his Encyclopedia.
The price includes:
Luxury full day chauffeur driven car / minibus
Full day expert tour leader
Avellino wine cellar visit with top tasting (4 wines)
Taurasi wine cellar visit with lunch and wine tasting