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May 22nd through 24th brought the 7th edition of Vitignoitalia to Napoli. Three days devoted entirely to Italian wines and varietals, it united some 300 Italian wine producers with 35 buyers and some 12,000 wine enthusiasts from around the world.

A totally modern event, it was hosted in the medieval halls of Naples Castel dell’Ovo, the famed “egg” castle that juts out into the sea along the tiny island of Megaride. Known for the famous legend of Partenope, it was Megaride where the Greek colonizers who built Naples first settlement Partenope originally landed.

Like wine production itself, the venue was the perfect blend of ancient traditions and modern technology and the event brought some of the most celebrated names in Italian wine to Naples.

From Veneto to Sicily, Italy’s famous wine regions and producers were well represented. In fact, the Premio Vino Perfetto 2011 awards went to a Tuscan red, the Sangiovese Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005 by Castello Banfi and a Sicilian white, the Moscato Gibelè – Zibibbo Secco IGT ’10 by Duca di Castelmonte.

 

But Campanian wines were clearly the order of the day. Wines that come from some of the most ancient varietals in Italy. Varietals introduced to Campania by the Greeks, cultivated by the Romans and after centuries of relative anonymity are experiencing a rebirth.

Fueled by a renewed interest in indigenous varietals and ancient wine production traditions, Campanian wines are once again coming into their own. Wines I’ve come to love like Falanghina and Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and Aglianico, and my latest favorite, Taurasi.

From large Campanian wineries like Terredora who produces 1.5 million bottles a year to small wineries like La Molara who produces 50,000 bottles a year, these producers happily shared their passion and knowledge about the wine making business.

Among others we spent some time with Ferrante di Somma of Cantine di Marzo, a winery located in Tufo in the Province of Avellino. The original estate where Greco di Tufo was first produced, this historic winery dates to 1648 and produces Aglianico, Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and my personal favorite, their Fiano di Avellino.

A fabulous showcase for Italian wines and Campanian wines in particular, Vitignoitalia hosted another great event. I can’t wait to see what’s in store next year!