The proximity of this region to the Mediterranean Sea helps to create an excellent climate for wine growing. The breeze coming off the sea helps to temper the heat, which leads to bright acidity in the grapes and therefore the wines coming from this region. Campanis is known for its bright sunshine, hot and dry summers, and mild winters. Each of these elements dictates which grape varieties thrive in this region. Coupled with a long growing season and volcanic soil, the wines coming from Campania are diverse and interesting - and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect one to pair with your favourite pasta dishes.
An Overview of Grape Varietals Grown in Campania
The most famous red grape grown in Campania is Aglianico. This variety finds its way into the two most recognized red wines produced in Campania: Taurasi and Aglianico del Taburno. Taurasi is DOCG protected and produced in the Irpinia appellation within Campania. The vineyards are located 400 metres above sea level, where the Aglianico grape thrives. Aglianico del Taburno is another DOCG protected wine grown around Mount Taburno. This wine tends to age well due to its natural tannins and acidity.
There are several white wine varieties grown in Campania. Of these, the Fiano and Greco grape varieties are the most famous and widely grown in the region. Fiano has been grown for more than 2000 years in the region. It was originally known as Vitis apiana (Latin for "vine of the bees") but this name has been changed over the years to the nearly entirely different Fiano. The best expression of the Fiano grape is found in the Fiano di Avellino wine, which has had DOCG status since 2003. This wine is known to be very fruity with bright acidity.
Another variety commonly grown in Campania is Greco, which, as the name indicates, has Greek origins. This grape is the main component of Greco di Tufo and is grown in volcanic and clay soils, which impart unique mineral characteristics. Notes of lemon, pear, and toasted almonds are also common in this wine.
Our Wine Recommendations:
Fiorentino - Taurasi 2013
This off-dry, bold red wine has moderate tannins and acidity with black cherry and orange notes. It will pair well with red meat dishes, especially heavier meat ragu pasta dishes.
Nifo Sarrapochiello - D'Erasmo Aglianico del Taburno Riserva
This bold red wine pairs exceptionally well with beef, lamb, and meat pasta dishes. It has moderate tannins, is slightly off-dry, and has mild to moderate acidity. Tobacco and earthy notes complement black fruits flavours including blackberries and blackcurrants.
Mastroberardino - Fiano Di Avellino Radici 2017
This dry white wine has moderate acidity and is characterised by citrus notes and pear and green apple characteristics. It pairs well with fish, especially shellfish, and lighter vegetable-based dishes.
Villa Matilde - Tenute di Altavilla Greco di Tufo 2018
This slightly off-dry white wine has floral aromas and citrus notes. It is a smooth wine with quite a bit of acidity. It also pairs well with fish dishes and vegetable-based meals.
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