Ancient vineyards are the key to the revitalized wines of the modern region of Campania in the south of Italy.
Campania's wines were first enjoyed by the Romans whose proud tradition of producing Falernian from Aglianico grapes around Naples was reflected in other parts of the region. They also produced a white wine that is thought to be related to the modern Falanghina. Wines made around Vesuvius and Avellino were similarly revered. Even today, as improvements in both the vineyard and the winery have influenced the style of wine produced here, there is still a great respect for tradition reflected in the use of native grapes that are largely unknown in other parts of the world.
Campania has four DOCG appellations for the ancient wines of Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, Falerno del Massico and Greco di Tufo. Taurasi is the region's most prolific wine made from the Aglianico grape, whose name is derived from "Hellenic" as the grape was first introduced by the Greeks. Sometimes known as "The Barolo of the South", Taurasi and other exceptional reds from Falerno del Massico reflect the sheer potential of the grape. Like Barolo the wines have great ageing potential, although the flavours that emerge with age show the wine to be markedly different from the great Nebbiolos.