The whole region around Naples has a volcanic origin. In the north there are the so called Phlegrean Fields – that means “burning fields”, although there is no activity anymore. Thus the soil is made of tuff, a volcanic stone, very porous, ideal for grapevine.
This region was in Roman time a splendid holiday coast. Emperors, senators, poets loved its position, its thermal baths. Here were the most important Roman freight and naval ports too. That’s why there are so many ruins going up to the Roman age here.
In the morning you will make a tour in the area: Sybil’s cave, Piscina Mirabilis, the volcanic lakes Fusaro and Averno (see LINK). The fascination of this region, its volcanic nature, the colours, the ruins will leave you breathless!
We will reach a wine grower where we’ll have lunch and taste their delightful Falanghina and Piedirosso wines (both DOC), the typical ones from Phlegrean Fields.
Afterwards we’ll have the opportunity to visit their wonderful vineyard overlooking the ancient crater Astroni, today completely covered by a flourishing nature. And we can also take a short walk to the only volcano still showing some activity, the Solfatara crater. Its landscape is very similar to what we imagine moon can look like!
IRPINIA: THE HILLS WHERE THE BEST WINES ARE MADE!
If you are a great lover of the best wines, this is the tour for you. The part of Campania region having the most ideal characteristics for wine production is Irpinia: in the north-east, far from the sea, where the landscape is defined by the mountains of the big Appennino chain. Even if this is not a volcanic area, this soil was covered by the Vesuvius ashes brought here by the wind. A village in this area is called Tufo that means tuff, like its volcanic earth. It is incredibly rich in nitrogen, phosphor and sulphur, that make it special for the wine production. Greco di Tufo is the name of a wonderful white wine produced on these hills that got DOCG – the highest quality denomination.
We will visit an ancient village clung on a hill, all around a wide view dominating the Sabato river valley and immense vineyard hills. Or by choice, a sulphur factory, since two mines were exploited in this area in the 19th century. Then we’ll make a tour in a beautiful ancient wine cellar directly in Tufo.
Afterwards we’ll move to another village, giving its name to a fabulous wine: Taurasi. After a pleasant walk through its ancient narrow streets, we will have here an unforgettable lunch based on meat, mushrooms and special cow and sheep cheese from Irpinia region.
After this gourmet experience, we will get to another important wine grower and taste his intensive wine. The incredibly flavoured Taurasi wine has DOCG denomination too. In ancient Roman times it was called Falernum and exported in Europe and Africa. It was the wine that Roman emperors loved and even Cleopatra used to seduce Cesar…so, you’d better be careful! Prosit!