There is so much I could write about our wonderful time spent in Taurasi, which is a town and commune in the province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. Our accommodation was the Al Campanaro B&B
It’s run by Alessandro Barletta. Not only does he have a private collection of rare native grape wines in his stone cellar below, but he is also the Taurasi rep. for the Slow Food Ass’n.
The 3 of us were generously hosted by the Vesevo winemaker, Simone Intedonato. Vesevo is one of several wine companies located in the southern half of Italy, which are part of Farnese Vini (Group). Farnese HQ are in Ortona. Following a tour of the cellars, where large concrete tanks are the main vessels used, he took us to see these remarkable old aglianico vines. Some, considered to be more than 200 years old, had been trained at 8-10 feet (2.4-3.0m). Ash from Mt Vesuvius (aka Vesevo) has endowed the soils of Avellino with properties favouring the vines grown there. Vesevo whites to look for include the Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and Falanghina Benevento. Both reds are aglianico with the premium one qualifying for ‘Taurasi DOCG’ status. I cannot confirm this, but apparently Robert Parker has said that aglianico may be Italy’s noblest grape of all. Ask for it.