Nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Vesuvio DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) stands as a testament to the resilience of nature and the perseverance of viticulture. The environment of this unique wine region is dominated by the looming presence of the volcano, which has historically been both a bane and a boon for local vineyards. On one hand, volcanic eruptions have periodically threatened the landscape. On the other, the ash-enriched soils have endowed the region with a rich mineral character, giving wines from Vesuvio DOC a distinctive profile that's impossible to replicate elsewhere.
The climate of the Vesuvio DOC is Mediterranean, characterized by warm summers and mild winters, an ideal condition for vine cultivation. Here, the vines don't just grow; they thrive amidst the challenges posed by their environment, drawing strength from the very earth that once threatened their existence.
The grapes cultivated in this region showcase a palette of both tradition and the unique terroir. For red wines, Aglianico and Piedirosso are the most planted varieties. These grapes produce wines that are rich, robust, and carry a hint of the mineral nuances from the volcanic soil. Among the white varieties, Caprettone, Coda di Volpe, and Falanghina stand out. These grapes yield wines that are aromatic, crisp, and reflect the bright, sun-soaked slopes of the Vesuvio region.
In Vesuvio DOC, every bottle tells a story — of fire and renewal, of ancient traditions and the indomitable spirit of nature. It is a region where the environment has shaped not just the landscape, but also the very essence of its wines
The vineyards of the Vesuvio DOC are located on the slopes of the volcano of the same name, east of Nápoles. For this reason, the soils of this DOC, that is part of the Campania wine region, are of volcanic origin.
The climate of this region is Mediterranean. Temperatures are usually between 15 and 20 °C, while summers are hot and dry and winters are mild.
The Vesuvio DOC's soil is a unique blend of volcanic origin, influenced by Mount Vesuvius' historic eruptions. The terrain features mineral-rich, porous volcanic rock, known as tuff, mixed with ash and pumice. This distinctive soil composition contributes to the wines' character, imparting minerality and complexity, while reflecting the region's volcanic heritage in every sip.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Aglianico, Piedirosso
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Caprettone, Coda di Volpe, Falanghina
In the enchanting realm of Sannio DOC, a symphony of wines unfolds, each a testament to the region's rich tapestry of flavors.
The Bianco wine, a masterpiece of balance, blends Caprettone and/or Coda di Volpe with the grace of Falanghina and/or Greco. Other authorized white grapes add subtle nuances, resulting in a wine that exudes both elegance and vibrancy.
Rosso, a celebration of the land, showcases the power of Piedirosso. It harmonizes with Aglianico, Olivella, and/or Sciascinoso, capturing the essence of Sannio's terroir. Hints of other authorized red grapes enrich the blend, creating a symphony of complexity.
Rosato, a tribute to the sun, marries the allure of Piedirosso with Aglianico, Olivella, and/or Sciascinoso. Other authorized red grapes weave delicate layers, yielding a rosé that mirrors the region's warmth and vitality.
For effervescence, Spumante dances on the palate, uniting Caprettone and/or Coda di Volpe with Falanghina and/or Greco. A touch of other authorized white grapes lends an airy elegance, making each sip a celebration.
Lacryma Christi Passito, a liquid gem, reveals the potential of Caprettone and/or Coda di Volpe alongside Falanghina and/or Greco. Other authorized white grapes contribute to its allure, creating a passito of depth and sweetness.
In every glass of Sannio DOC wine, the landscape comes alive—a journey through terroir, tradition, and the devotion of winemakers. Whether it's the finesse of Bianco, the allure of Rosso, the radiance of Rosato, the joy of Spumante, or the opulence of Lacryma Christi Passito, each wine is a chapter in Sannio's captivating story.