Ultimate Guide to Campania Wine Region
The Campania region is located in the south of Italy and is world-famous for its many attractions: the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, Ischia, Capri, Naples, Vesuvius, as well as the two archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Greek temples at Paestum. The history of this part of Italy is fascinating.
The mild climate, the scenic beauty, the historical and cultural heritage as well as the artful and loving cuisine together with its distinctive wines from indigenous grape varieties, make Campania a thoroughly livable land.
Here you find yourself in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius surrounded by a mesmerizing landscape of lemon gardens and olive groves.
THE FACT BOX: Because of the high fertility of Campanian countryside Romans called this land “Campania Felix” which in the Latin language means happy land.
Why Campania Wine Region?
Campania wine region like many other Italian wine regions is famous for the big diversity of indigenous grape varieties and vineyards that take us back to Ancient Roman and Greek times.
Home to exceptional gastronomy and the land that gave Pizza to the world!
Campania is full of places for dream Italian holidays including Amalfi Coast, which is once in a lifetime destination.
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What you Should Know About Campanian Wines
Unique as the beauty of the landscape Campania, is also the diversity of the vineyards and so, of the wines: the palette reaches from the fruity to the powerful, from mineral to opulent and that with white and red. Surprising is above all the white wines, whose grapes are partly in heights grow from 700 to 800 meters and which is often given a long life by the acidity and minerality.
Due to the big diversity of Campanian terroirs from the hills on the coast to the volcanic soil of Vesuvius and the Mediterranean climate, there are many interesting wines to be discovered. The most demanding red wines are certainly Taurasi and Aglianico del Taburno made from the Aglianico grape variety.
Among the white wines, you can especially enjoy the fruity Fiano di Avellino, which smells of pome fruit and nuts and can often even be reminiscent of a muscatel with notes of fresh grape skins. Interesting white wines deliver as well the variety Greco.
Aglianico wine is full-bodied, colour-intensive and has high tannin content red wines with long ageing potential. when it is developed into a profound, concentrated and very noble wine, it is usually praised in the highest tones.
But exciting wines also come naturally from the volcanic locations near Mount Vesuvius, as well as from the steep terraces of the Amalfi Coast and the offshore islands.
Appellations: The wine production in Campania wine region is spread over the provinces of Avellino, Benevento and Caserta. These are distributed to 4 DOCG’s, 15 DOC’s and 10 IGT’s. The outstanding red wine of Campania grows further to the east in Campania and is called Taurasi DOCG, which is made from the previously underrated Aglianico grape.
In Campania, you can as well find many indigenous grape varieties, some of them very old such as Asprinio, Biancolella, Coda di Volpe and Piedirosso.
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The variety of Aglianico is in the spotlight of the region.
Other reds are Casavecchia, Guarnaccia, Olivella, Per’e Palummo and internationals as Barbera, Primitivo, and Sangiovese. The most important white varieties are Asprinio, Biancazita, Biancolella, Caprettone and Coda di Volpe Bianca.
Red grape varieties:
- Greco Nero
White grape varieties:
- Coda die Volpe
- Greco Bianco
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The most exclusive island of Capri
Capri is the most exclusive of the three islands in the Gulf of Naples. The much-touted rock island is about 10 km² in size and is located only 5 km from the mainland in the Gulf of Naples. The Romans in antiquity already were attracted by the island with the lush vegetation and built their summer villas and residences there.
The island is mainly known for its caves by the sea. Between bizarre rock formations, various caves have formed over time. Enjoy this incomparable play of colours that nature offers you here.
The capital Capri is perched on a high plateau. In the winding, white streets you will find fine boutiques and cafes. The small harbor Marina Grande invites you to linger. From here you can take the cable car up through lemon gardens to Piazzetta, the heart of Capri.
You should not miss the landmark of the city, the rock protruding from the sea “Faraglioni”.
Amalfi Coast – Once in a Lifetime Destination
Costa Divina, the “divine coast,” begins at the foothills of the Monti Lattari, which forms the southern arc of the Gulf of Naples.
Surrounded by tall, evergreen mountains, the coastal cities of the region are a real gem. Sorrento is located on the coast of the island of Capri. To the east runs the narrow, winding dream road Amalfitana. Along the cliff coast, you always drive with the view of the cobalt blue sea. Due to the spectacular cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
The city of Amalfi looks like an up and down of steps and stairs. Stacked white houses are nestled on the slopes. Stroll through the tangle of houses and through the medieval street tunnel Rua Nova Mercatorum to the magnificent cathedral Sant’Andrea with its huge outside staircase.
Naples – Homeland of Pizza
Did you know that the historic centre of Naples is over 2,500 years old and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995?
Naples, the capital of the Campania region, is one of the most impressive and beautiful art cities in the Mediterranean. Strolling through the streets of the old town, you can feel the magic of history up close. The Via Toledo boulevard leads you to elegant shops down to the seafront. Naples promises sensual experience where all your senses will be involved. The beauty of the city combined with the hustle and bustle of the city and of course flavours of pizza coming from little pizzerias at the corner of the street, which you can’t simply pass by.
Monuments you shouldn’t miss: The Duomo San Gennaro. The richly furnished cathedral attracts its visitors with a magnificent baroque chapel. And the traditional villa district Posillipo, where old noble families and nouveau rich people live. A walk is definitely worth the visit.
The winery Cantine Astroni is located 30 minutes drive from the centre of Naples. Take your chance to taste typical wines of the region!
In addition to cultural cities and beautiful beaches, Campania also has a beautiful nature to offer, which has its origins in the fertile soil of the volcano. There are many areas where you can enjoy the nature that surrounds Naples and the whole of Campania.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons for hiking through the beautiful nature when the temperatures are pleasantly mild.
Mount Vesuvius – Adventure: up to the rumbling volcano
Vesuvius is the only active volcano in southern Italy. The most devastating eruption occurred in 79 when the thriving cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were completely buried under its ashes. visiting Pompei, the town that is frozen in time, is an unforgettable experience. Since this eruption, Vesuvius has its present form with the deep crater at its summit. In 1991, the Vesuvio National Park opened and since then you can climb Mount Vesuvius on a hiking trail
Already on the ascent, you will get a great view of Naples and the Mediterranean Sea. If the weather is good, you can easily see the islands of Capri and Ischia in the Gulf of Naples. You follow the path to the summit, where you can have a great view of the deep volcanic crater.
National park of Cilento – discover original Italy
The national park of Cilento is located near Salerno and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the south of Italy. In addition to an exciting mountain and hilly landscape as well as rocky coasts, the park mainly includes extensive, idyllic forest areas and picturesque olive groves.
Along the coast, where the sea shimmers in bright colors, small towns are scattered. You can experience the Cilento with all your senses – it’s a wonderful experience.
The Cilento offers over 100 km of coastline and a natural hinterland with low mountain ranges. In addition to the long and wide beaches, you will find excellent hiking areas, always with beautiful natural scenarios.
Here you can also admire the ancient ruins of Paestum.
Sant’Agata – Hidden Jewel
The village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is located on a ridge overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Salerno.
With spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples on one side and the Gulf of Salerno on the other, it is a quiet place. The Neapolitans love this place because from here you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the sea.
Since the middle of the 19th century, the village has been popular with travellers for its healthy climate, lovely nature and the hospitality of its inhabitants.
Heaven for Foodies
The kitchen of Campania- where many Italian classics come from
Aromatic tomatoes, fragrant lemons, mozzarella from cow and buffalo milk, pasta, fish and wine. The rich agricultural economy of Campania produces tasty products. These products not only shape the landscape but also determine the culinary image of the region.
A chapter in Campanian gastronomy represents the pizza!
Naples is the cradle of pizza, here it was created as a “street food”. They were sold on every street corner as a triangular hot pizza slice, which was then folded like a wallet and served wrapped in baking paper. Even today you can buy this original pizza as street food in the historic centre of Naples on the street. The variants of the pizza are endless, even if many modern pizzas a real Neapolitan would turn up his nose. Only one thing counts for him: Pizza Margherita! With tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, basil and olive oil of the highest quality. Basta!
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca or Spaghetti in The Style of Prostitutes
This simple, but delicious recipe is one of the traditional Neapolitan recipes today. It is said that the recipe was invented at the beginning of the 19th century in a Neapolitan brothel. The owner of the brothel worried about his customers and employees. To give them strength for the physical effort, he even experimented in the kitchen. The spaghetti was probably effective and directly liked by everyone.
In this simple dish, olives and tomato capers are mixed into an intense-tasting pasta. Everyone has to try their own “possible” effect.
Sfogliatella – a sweet temptation
Sfogliatella is an Italian pastry specialty from Naples. Originally the pastry comes from the monastery of Santa Rosa near Salerno.
The special feature of the puff pastry bag is that the puff pastry layers are not parallel as in a croissant, but fanned out. This is achieved by a special preparation of pastry. But there are two completely different forms: the sfogliatella riccia and the frolla. The first one has a shell shape, created by the manual stacking of numerous, very thin strips of dough. The second kind is round and made of shortcrust pastry.
The filling is the same for the two types and consists of ricotta cheese, semolina, eggs, powdered sugar, candied orange and cedar pieces, vanilla and cinnamon. Simply heavenly!
Broccoli e Salsiccia – A Hearty Dish
You do not have to venture very far into the mountains of the Amalfi Coast – only to Ravello or Scala – to discover this traditional autumn and winter dish on the menu. The local sausage with fennel contrasts beautifully with the bitter wild broccoli that grows so well in Campania. It is a very popular flavour combination and is often served as a second course or as a fanciful pizza topping.
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