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Vineyards and wines in Campania
The South of Italy is one of the most interesting wine areas of the world. Campania, especially the sub region of Irpinia, produces wines from native varieties such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco and Falanghina, which can compare and compete with the best in the world. Irpinia is a silent and rough area nestled in the Apennines in the heart of Campania. Its landscape is a rolling succession of mountains, hills and upland plains divided by rivers and covered with lush vegetation. Influenced by the elevation, its cool-temperate microclimate, atypical of South, has cold and snowy winters, hot days and cool nights in the summer. The region preserves a host of ancient grape varieties, the same ones the Greeks and Romans planted, which can be dated back to about 800 to 750 B.C.
The varietal wines are produced from ancient vines grown on hillside vineyards, many planted on the sides of dormant volcanoes. This assures that the grape aromas are not burned away during the hot summer days. TERREDORA’s vineyards consist of volcanic soils rich in limestone and clay, and enjoy the southern exposure with an excellent microclimate, on windy hills (400-650 meters above sea level). With approximately 3,500 vines per hectare, trained with the traditional Guyot system, the annual production is around 60 hectolitre/hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in small baskets with a minimal time span between the removal of the grapes from the stem to the press. The indigenous white grapes grown are Greco, Fiano, Falanghina and the reds grapes are Aglianico and Piedirosso.