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Vesuvio DOP Consorzio Wineries

The volcanic soils of Mount Vesuvius; Photo Robert K. Stephen

Our group was taken to Sorrentino Vini which is one of the 114 members of the Consorzio and a 40-minute drive from Naples. There are some 400 hectares under cultivation. And because it encompasses the designated DOP area of Vesuvius most of its wines are grown in volcanic soil.

Vineyards at Sorrentino Vini, our hosts for some members of of the Vesuvio DOP Consorzio: Photo Robert K. Stephen

It was rather interesting to see that at Sorrentino Vini there were vegetables growing between the rows of vines. Good sense as they add nitrogen to the soil and historically were seen as a good source of food.

We met with and tried some of the member’s wine.

Killer wine from Cantina de Vulcano; Photo Robert K. Stephen

A popular Vesuvian grape is Piedirossa translated as “red chicken feet” due to the red stems of the vine leaves. The Cantina del Vulcano Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio Rosso is a 2017 DOC made from 100% Piedirosso grapes. It has a nose of red plum and cherry. It goes down awfully smooth. There is a bit of a sweet sulfur smell and its not unpleasant. A fantastic sipping wine. This is a crowd pleaser!

Another awesome wine from Cantina de Vulcano: Photo by Robert K. Stephen

The Carlina Del Monte Somma IGP 2018 is made from the white grape Catalanesca which I am told only grows in volcanic soils. It has a platinum colour and has a great nose of apricot, peach and mango, On the palate more apricot and peach with a long finish and good acids.

The Cantina del Vulcano Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Blanco 2018 DOC is 100% Coda di Volpe. Lots of apple, pear and melon on the nose. Good match for chicken.

Cantine Olivella is on the North part of Vesuvius. Their Lacryma Christi Bianco is a 2017 DOP Vesuvius made from 80% Cappetone and 20% Catalanesca. It has a light gold colour and has loads of peach, apricot and melon on the nose. Very soft on the palate with apricot, peach and pineapple upside down cake on the back palate. This would be a crowd pleaser! Their Catanalesca Kata 2017 IGP has a light gold colour and restrained guava, melon and pear on the nose with a tropical bite on the palate with notes of tomatoes and sharp minerality. This one would go well with seafood. Their La Crimanero Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso DOP 2017 is very delicate and even elegant. It is blend of Piedirossa, Olivella and Aglianico. It has a light cherry colour and a nose of strawberry, cherry, raspberries and white pepper. A slight cherry sweetness on the palate. I’d say it’s the winner so far!

La Catina del Vesuvio has an awesome Lacryma Christi Rosso Superiore DOP 2017 made from Piedirosso. It has spent six months in French oak and 6 months in stainless steel. It has a rather off standish nose of blackberry and tomatoes but a killer taste of vanilla, black cherry, cherry liqueur with solid tannins and acids.

Some wines from Casa Setaro: Photo Robert K. Stephen

The Casa Setaro Pietrafumante 2016 is a sparkler made from 100% Capretonne and by the traditional method. The grapes were grown at an altitude of 350 meters. Aged in the bottle on its lees for a minimum of 30 months. It has a crisp nose of lemon, lime and pineapple. It has an equally crisp and dry taste profile with a hint of brioche. This is a high-quality Spumante! The 4 generations of winemakers in this family clearly know what they are doing.

There are many other wines I have not mentioned but the big winner aside from the sparkler we just tried is Lacryma di Christi.

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