martedì 31 gennaio 2012


Itineraries of the Region Campania


The itinerary starts from the province of Caserta, the city famous worldwide for the Royal Palace commissioned by Charles of Bourbon, with the Royal Palace and its beautiful Gardens, it runs between the sea and countryside, with stops in Mondragone, Cellole, Galluccio, Castel Campagnano, Caiazzo, and Frignano.

We start from Mondragone, a town overlooking the sea and located between the mouth of the Volturno and Mount Petrino that as the chain Massico final hill seems to protect the town. In the town territory we continue to discover new ancient settlements and important archaeological remains of great value that can be seen with a visit at the Museo Civico, able to tell this land life from prehistoric to medieval times.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Vinicola Moio Michele fu Luigi 
Viale Margherita, 6 - 81034 MONDRAGONE - Tel: +39 0823 978017 Fax: +39 0823 978017 Web: Email:

On the ancient agricultural hinterland assigned to the colony of Sinuessa between the Volturno and Mount Massico, a side of the Moio family has settled at the beginning of the XX century, starting a production wine activity. Moio wineries today can be visited right in the town center, around one of the few rural court still intact in Mondragone. From the beautiful countryside that surround the village are produced grapes heirs of an ancient land of such a noble past tradition and history. After many centuries of transformations, Michele Moio since the '50s has re proposed to wine lovers a new Falerno. Winery visits: by appointment


A short north road along the coast brings us to Cellole, a village that takes its name from the Pagus Cellarum buildings built by the Romans as storehouse for food, whose ruins are still visible under the open sky. It is a small town, but rich in history and charm,  we should visit the different churches of the town center, as the Christian Catholic Church of St. Vito and Marco, the Christian Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Lucia and the Seventh Day Adventist Church .
Wineries to visit:
Fattoria Villa Matilde 
SS Domitiana Km 4+700, 18 - 81030 CELLOLE - Tel: +39 0823 932088 Fax: +39 0823 932134 Email: 

The Falerno has its roots in the classical age, praised by several Latin poets and appreciated until the end of last century, when it disappeared due to a parasite. The lawyer Avallone, father of the current owners of the company, for a personal passion, has revived the Falerno in Villa Matilde. Winery visits: daily by reservation


We now move inland until we reach Galluccio, situated in a strategic position which has enabled it to have a thousand-year history. The village is surrounded by chestnut trees, and strolling through the town we get hit by the winding alleyways that characterize it. We visit the Collegiate Church that has a magnificent wooden and gold ceiling dating back to the XII century and a tuff Gothic bell tower with a bell from 1102. 

Wineries to visit:
Via Cinque Pietre, 2 - 81044 GALLUCCIO - Tel: +39 0823 925841 Fax: +39 0823 925021 Web:

On the slopes of the Roccamorfina extinct volcano, in the town of Galluccio, the company Telaro cultivates 50 hectares of vineyards, using organic methods. Visiting the winery we go up from the underground level that houses the barrel, to the ground floor, for fermentation to bottling phases, to the first floor for grapes drying. Winery visits: by appointment


We leave Galluccio and move to Caiazzo, founded around the eighth century BC and occupied by the Etruscans, Samnites, Romans and Longobards. Precisely the last ones have been responsible for the construction of the Castle, which houses a chapel from 1116. In addition to the Castle we visit the Convent of the Capuchins, Savastano Palace with the beautiful late Baroque façade and the impressive front door, and the Church of San Nicola de Figulis.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Vestini Campagnano – Poderi Foglia 
Via Barraccone, 5(momentariamente Via Costa dell'Aia 5) , Loc. Conca della campania-Casilina(ss6) km162 - 81013 CAIAZZO - Tel: +39 0823 862770 Fax: +39 0823 862770 Web: www.vestinicampagnano.itEmail:

The company was founded 9 years ago on the initiative of two lawyers who, as a hobby, started making wine from indigenous grapes of the province of Caserta: Pallagrello and Casavecchia. This is what happened after the first success the hobby turned into a real productive activity. Visits in wineries: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm / 2.30 - 6.00 pm

Fattoria Selvanova 
Via Selvanova , Loc. Squille - 81010 CASTEL CAMPAGNANO - Tel: +39 0823 867261 Fax: +39 081 2455268 Web: Email: 

It's an organic farm, wines are produced exclusively from their own grapes to have control over the entire production chain. The implant of the very young company is in fact finalized to produce great wines. Winery visits: by appointment

Terre del Principe 
Contrada Mascioni - 81010 CASTEL CAMPAGNANO - Tel:  +39 081 867126  Fax: +39 081 8541125 Email: 

In locality Castel Campagnano, in the green between the Matese and Taburno massifs, with 10 hectares of vineyard, is the Terre del Principe winery, a company that has made the rediscovery of the ancient indigenous grapes from Caserta, Pallagrello and Casavecchia, his bet and his challenge. winery visits: by appointment


We go down south for thirty miles before meeting Frignano, a town located on the outskirts of Caserta. The stop in the Royal Palace's city is a must. We start our visit going to the Vaccheria, a village developed all around a building called "old" wanted by King Ferdinand and built in a location where you can enjoy a unique view from. The aspect of the building is an ancient residence one with livestock stables, and its interior contains a small chapel and royal apartments. Nearby is the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, dating back to 1805, whose facade is tuff in neo-Gothic style square blocks. Left the Vaccheria it's time to go and admire the Royal Palace, commissioned by Charles of Bourbon, king of the Two Sicilies, to Luigi Vanvitelli, to give a new capital to the Kingdom, far from the sea and its threats. So we visit the Royal Palace and its four splendid Gardens. Moving to the medieval village with its characteristic grid layout we go to the twelfth century cathedral overlooking the square with its façade, the thirteenth-century church tower and the great dome which still preserve Arab-Sicilian and Apulian architectural and decorative elements.

Wineries to visit:
Via G. Manna, 29 - 81030 FRIGNANO - Tel: +39 081 8900928 Fax: +39 081 8900928 Web:

From lands particularly suited for the vine production, Magliulo family company produces and distributes wines keeping alive the ancient traditions, in a winery, built early this century by the current owner grandfather, in the Asprinio of Aversa production area. winery visits: by appointment
Where to eat:

Azienda Agricola Vestini Campagnano – Poderi Foglia
Via Barraccone, 5(momentariamente Via Costa dell'Aia 5) , Loc. Conca della campania-Casilina(ss6) km162 - 81013 CAIAZZO - Tel: +39 0823 862770 Fax: +39 0823 862770 Web: www.vestinicampagnano.itEmail:

Fattoria Selvanova
Via Selvanova , Loc. Squille - 81010 CASTEL CAMPAGNANO - Tel: +39 0823 867261 Fax: +39 081 2455268 Web: Email:

Fattoria Villa Matilde
SS Domitiana Km 4+700, 18 - 81030 CELLOLE - Tel: +39 0823 932088 Fax: +39 0823 932134 Email: 

Via Cinque Pietre, 2 - 81044 GALLUCCIO - Tel: 0+39 823 925841 Fax: +39 0823 925021 Web:


Azienda Agricola Vestini Campagnano – Poderi Foglia
Via Barraccone, 5(momentariamente Via Costa dell'Aia 5) , Loc. Conca della campania-Casilina(ss6) km162 - 81013 CAIAZZO - Tel: +39 0823 862770 Fax: +39 0823 862770 Web: www.vestinicampagnano.itEmail:

Fattoria Selvanova
Via Selvanova , Loc. Squille - 81010 CASTEL CAMPAGNANO - Tel: +39 0823 867261 Fax: +39 081 2455268 Web: Email:

Fattoria Villa Matilde
SS Domitiana Km 4+700, 18 - 81030 CELLOLE - Tel: +39 0823 932088 Fax: +39 0823 932134 Email: 

Via Cinque Pietre, 2 - 81044 GALLUCCIO - Tel: +39 0823 925841 Fax: +39 0823 925021 Web:

Terre del Principe
Contrada Mascioni - 81010 CASTEL CAMPAGNANO - Tel:  +39 081 867126  Fax: +39 081 8541125 Email: 


CAMPANIA: TRAVELLING AMONG THE  TWO GULFS' VINEYARDSThis itinerary is entirely dedicated to Naples and its beautiful province, and leads us to know one of the Italian metropolises, small towns in the shadow of Vesuvius and the beautiful island of Ischia. Great wines, breathtaking views of the Naples' Gulf, food, history and culture. We start from Marano, cross Quarto and Bacoli to arrive in the town of Pulcinella. From there we leave the mainland to the island of Ischia and back to the mainland we go to  discover the Vesuvian area, to head, then, towards the south and arrive down in the Cilento area, almost to Eboli gates.
Situated on the outskirts of Naples, Marano extends between the hills north of Campi Flegrei and the flatness of Campania in the lower part to the left of Volturno River. Marano's territory is rich of Roman remains, the absolute most important testimony, as part of funerary architecture in Campania, is the mausoleum said Cimurro, whose walls are niches that used to contain Tirone's ashes. After the visit in the village and in its surrounding territory it's time to go to the first winery of our itinerary.
Wineries to visit:
Cantine Federiciane Monteleone 
ia Antica Consolare Campana 34 , Loc. SAN ROCCO – 80016 Marano di Napoli - Tel: +39 081 5764153/5763726 Fax: +39 081 5764150 Web: Email:
Among the hills along Quarto Flegreo, in Marano territory, in an area named Belvedere for its landscape values, we meet the Federiciane Monteleone Wineries, on the route of the ancient Via Consolare Campana. The name of the company derives from the eponymous castle of Frederick origins, nearby there are the wineries deepened in the countryside and surrounded by gardens. Equipped with modern facilities, belongs to an almost secular tradition in producing typical wines of Campania, determined to revaluate the traditions and to spread their knowledge across regional boundaries. Winery visits: by appointment


Not far from Marano is Quarto, a small town that has some places that definitely deserve a visit. This is the Arcadia, located on a small hill from where you can admire a pleasant landscape, of White Stone, an ancient Roman cemetery and the square of Santa Maria with its fountain.
Quarto area is also of great archaeological interest with the Necropolis of via Brindisi where the oldest structure is represented by the pyramidal cusp monumental mausoleum with its fence. Through a passage behind the monument you can access to the fence, originally closed, in which were found traces of cremation, urns, pots with buried remains and the Capuchin tombs documenting the continuity of the cemetery use until the late period.
Wineries to visit:Cantine Grotta del Sole 
Via Spinelli 2 – 80010 Quarto - Tel: +39 081 8762566 Fax: +39 081 8769470 Web: Email:
In the heart of Campi Flegrei, land of Aeneas myth, rich in archaeological sites and beautiful landscapes, the family Martusciello gave birth to the project Grotta del Sole in 1992. A real work of "wine archeology" to rediscover and value some forgotten wines of Campania, above all the Falanghina and the Piedirosso, but also Asprinio dell'Agro Aversano, last witness of a cultivation form dating back to the Etruscans. Then there are the Gragnano and the Lettere della penisola Sorrentina, the typical Neapolitan tradition red wines and the Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio. 
Winery visits: by appointment 

Little more than fifteen kilometers separates Quarto from Bacoli, a town founded by the Romans under the name of Bauli and renowned as a holiday resort. Of the ancient Bauli remains are still preserved  the Cento Camerelle, the Piscina Mirabilis, the so called Tomb of Agrippina remains. Here has to be visited the Casina Vanvitelli, a Ferdinand IV of Bourbon hunting lodge built in 1782 and visitable by appointment. In the area you can also make the touristic visit of Lake Fusaro.
Wineries to visit:I Vini della Sibilla 
Via Ottaviano Augusto 19 – 80070 Bacoli - Tel: +39 081 8688778 Fax: +39 081 8549561 Web: Email:
A mild climate and a volcanic ground, sheltered by the nearby sea. The land and its products passion are the strengths of the Di Meo family production, for over five generations, have been cultivating their vines on the Baia rolling hills, bringing back Falanghina and Piedirosso vines to the ancient glory. Winery tours: daily, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
The next step is, finally, Naples, a city nestled between hills and sea, rich in artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Naples has to be discovered through the popular narrow streets, French and Spanish Royal Palaces, the castles and villas, museums and churches, witnesses of the fervent religious spirit that animates this city. You cannot avoid visits to the Square of the Plebiscito and Royal Palace, to the San Carlo Theatre and Umberto I Gallery, to the Certosa and Sant 'Elmo Castle, to the Albergo dei Poveri beyond the Maschio Angioino and the Cloister of Santa Chiara. And then the Churches and Chapels of Spaccanapoli and San Gregorio Armeno, walking through the alleys and the facades of noble palaces.

Wineries to visit:Cantine degli Astroni 
Via Comunale Sartania 48 – 80126 Napoli - Tel: +39 081 7158906 - 5884182 Fax: +39 081 6135160 Web: Email:
Was the year 1891 and Vincent Varchetta decided to increase its activities, with the family expansion , and he realized, being a man of great agricultural experience, that it was time to turn what was a very old delight, art of making wine, into a thriving business. Thus were born the Varchetta wineries. Today, after more than a century, we find Varchetta Vincent, great-grandson of the founder who, with the invaluable contribution of the other brothers, manages with passion and skill the fate of this company, located in a suggestive area, the cradle of ancient Greek and Roman cities. 
Winery tours: by appointment 

It's time to leave the mainland and to enjoy one of the most pleasant travels that we can do. Our direction is Ischia, an island of volcanic origin which gives us, once landed, several  possibilities and a thousand visits, from sea excursions to inland discoveries, passing through villages full of charm and breathtaking views. We visit the Villa La Colombaia, dipped in the green woods of Zaro and surrounded by a beautiful park, La Mortella Gardens, the Aragonese Castle from 474 BC, the Tower of Guevara and the Church of the Soccorso.
Wineries to visit:Il Giardino Mediterraneo 
Via Nuova dei Conti, 43 - 80077 ISCHIA - Tel: +39 081 3334376 - 337676793 Fax: +39 081 3334376 Web: Email:

Il Giardino Mediterraneo was created by the will of Corrado D'Ambra and now has its heirs face. The Museum Winery dates back to 1805, with its ancient cellar restored with old wine presses, whose is annexed the terraces vineyard. From there departs a monorail that slides up, on top of the hill, to the panoramic eating place, which offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Naples. Winery tours: by appointment.
Back on the mainland, we go to the Vesuvius discovery. It belongs in effect to the metropolitan area of Naples, the center of San Sebastiano was destroyed by the 1944 terrible eruption of Vesuvius and then rebuilt. By the eruption managed to be saved, however, the Church of San Sebastiano, characterized by an eighteenth century dome that dominates the entire town, and the Villa Figliola. In San Sebastiano  the Vesuvius National Park institution is located at the Town Hall.
Wineries to visit:De Falco Vini 
Via Figliola – 80040 San Sebastiano al Vesuvio - Tel: +39 081 7713755 Fax: +39 081 5745510 Web: Email: 

This is a company rooted for generations in the heart of Vesuvius National Park, a great environmental historical and archaeological heritage. The wines come from grapes of the famous Vesuvius and from the finest grapes of Campania, where nature has donated a unique and wonderful ecosystem. Winery  visits: on reservation
The two towns arise on the slopes of Vesuvius, within the National Park. In Terzigno should be visited the Temple of the Immaculate, which was inaugurated in 1758 and, St. Francis Church and Villa Bifulco ruins. In Trecase in the historic center there is the sixteenth-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Villas Langella, Filippone, Lebano and Ruta.
Wineries to visit:Azienda Agricola Villa Dora 
Via Bosco Mauro 1 - 80040 Terzigno - Tel: +39 081 5295016 Fax: +39 081 8274905 Web: Email:
It covers a total area of 13 hectares, 8 of which with vineyards and 5 with olive trees of 60 years   average age. This is located inside the Vesuvius National Park, just on the slopes of the volcano, a few hundred meters from the last archaeological discovery, Villa Rustica, which was the winery-oil mill of the ancient Romans, and has a large conference room . The agriculture practiced is organic and the harvest is done exclusively by hand, carrying quickly the harvested grapes with small boxes to the winery where the barrel cellar is dug into the volcanic rock. Winery tours: on reservation
Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Cantina del Vesuvio 
Via Tirone della Guardia 12 - 80040 Trecase - Tel: +39 081 5369041 Fax:+39 081 5369041 Web: Email:
It is located inside the Vesuvius National Park, in the historic area of Trecase. From its magnificent vineyards, grown on the higher slopes of Vesuvius, was created a well known and appreciated in the world wine production. Winery tours: daily
Casa SetaroVia Bosco del Monaco, 34
80040- Trecase
Tel: +39 081 8628956 
Fax: +39 081 8628956 
Casa Setaro comes from the desire of Massimo and his wife, Mariarosaria, Trecase winemakers in the National Park of Vesuvius, the most famous volcano in the world, to keep alive the precious heritage of the family. The prints of four generations are imprinted among the black lands vines that grow cling to the beloved and feared volcano lava. "Respect and love the earth, it will repay you ."
This slogan reflects the full company philosophy. The wines are born from a deep conviction that the relationship of mutual interaction among man, environment and vineyard is the basis of a sound quality viticulture. Today the company represents a dynamic business in a perfect balance between tradition and modernity, authenticity and technology. Massimo and Mariarosaria work tirelessly with effort and passion for only one goal: to produce excellent wines, faithful witnesses of their territory, from the vineyard to the bottle.
It's time to leave the province of Naples and move us to the territory of Salerno. We drive for fifty miles part of which along a coastline that offers breathtaking views. The first step is Furore which for its particular physical and geographical shape has always been an impregnable stronghold, even at the time of the Saracen invasions. The fjord that characterize the town for centuries has been a natural harbor, in which took place flourishing trades and developed the oldest types of industrial activities. Only the landscape here worth the visit. 

Wineries to visit:Marisa Cuomo 
Via G.B. Lama 14 - 84010 Furore - Tel: +39 089 830348 Fax: +39 089 8304014 Web:
The company is located in the town of Furore at 500 meters above the sea. The area planted with vines is in ten hectares, of which 3.5 of ownership. The ground is composed of dolomitic limestone rocks, the vine is raised primarily in "trellis" and often planted on vertical rock walls. In symbiosis between nature and technology, the vinification is carried out according to the most modern techniques. While the aging in oak barrels, stored in the old cellar dug into the wet and cool rock, is entrusted exclusively to the passing of time. Winery visits: by appointment
A short road leads up to the town of Tramonti, consisting of thirteen small villages set in a lush green valley. Famous the churches that adorn the villages of the area, like the tenth century Church of the Ascension, the Chapel Rupestre and the Convent of St. Francis.
Wineries to visit:Azienda Agricola Giuseppe Apicella 
Via Castello Santa Maria 1 , Loc. Capitignano - 84010 Tramonti - Tel: +39 089 856209 Fax: +39 089 876075 Email:
The company was established with an initial production of about 3,000 bottles of red wine "Tramonti" willing to give a new direction to the grape producers activity already consolidated by generations, in the following years Apicella family has tried to reach new goals, expanding the property, initially of one hectare and adding new vineyard. The present production is around 50,000 bottles and are only DOC wines. The company area consists of 7 hectares of vineyard, while one part of it is used for the construction of new facilities. Winery visits: daily by reservation

We continue the descent towards south heading in Agropoli direction, the Cilento gateway located in the middle of the Gulf of Salerno. Here we visit the Castle dating from the sixth century, where we enjoy a magnificent view over the Gulf, the towers of Tresino, of St. Francis, of Licosa and of San Marco, built along the coast in ancient times as lookout and defense positions. Also worth a stop the Furnace, an old brick factory and a fine example of industrial architecture, today unfortunately left to itself. Finally we look at the town center churches, as Mother Church of St. Peter and Paul, the Church of Santa Maria della Pieta, and the Chapel of the Annunciation.
Wineries to visit:
Vitivinicola Marino 
Via Fontana Saracena, 9 - 84043 AGROPOLI - Tel: +39 0974 821719 +39 339 1083385 Fax: +39 0974 821719 Web: Email:
Founded by Mr. Lorenzo in the '70s and '80s, at the Park of Cilento's gates, the company has an important history in the creation and enhancement of the DOC wines of Cilento. Its activity is also directed to manage its own beautiful vineyards of about 14 hectares. 
Winery visits: Monday - Saturday, by appointment 

We enter the Cilento heart, one of the environmentally liveliest areas of the region. In the village two main roads, Corso Umberto I and Corso Garibaldi cut the inhabited village in five districts: Serra, Salita or Via Galli, Tempone, Via Croce and Prignano Bassa. We can't miss to see Cardone Palace, a majestic building dating back to the eighteenth century and organized into three wings which enclose a large courtyard that can be accessed through the large sandstone portal. Then we visit the Mother Church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari, dating from before the thirteenth century, and the Old Mill in the old stone grinder at one time driven by the arms of the town women.
Wineries to visit:
Viticoltori De Conciliis 
Loc. Querce - 84060 PRIGNANO CILENTO - Tel: +39 0974 831090 Fax: +39 0974 831090 Web: Email:
The hills of the Cilento, a continuous succession of ridges and valleys, sinuous tangled lines interrupted by the sea; dominating the valley that flows into the Agropoli sea, with Capri and the Divine Coast that mark part of the horizon, lies Prignano Cilento, company site since 1996, when still in the Cilento they had not fully expressed interesting wineries. The vineyards, planted mostly in Agropoli territory, overlook the sea and are led directly by the De Conciliis family, respecting the environment and following the principle of low production. Winery tours: by appointment

We now head last stop of our itinerary, back on the coast and the sea where we started. We are in a small town that is part of the Cilento National Park and of Vallo di Daino, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the feet of the medieval village long sandy beaches surround the bay between Punta Licosa and Punta Tresino. The Mediterranean vegetation enriches the suggestive picture, and a walk through the charming town and its streets are the perfect complement to our long journey.
Wineries to visit:
Luigi Maffini 
Loc. Cenit - 84071 CASTELLABATE - Tel: +39 0974 966345 Fax: +39 0974 966345 Web:
Luigi Maffini for the first time vinifies grapes of an ancient family vineyard in 1996, producing the Kratos. Following his father footsteps, then company founder in the '70s, transformed the old family business split between the Castellabate territory, where the winery is, and the Cilento inner area. Winery tours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm / 4.00 to 7.00 pm
Where to eat:

Il Giardino Mediterraneo
Via Nuova dei Conti, 43 - 80077 ISCHIA - Tel: +39 081 3334376 - 337676793 Fax:+39  081 3334376 Web: Email:


Vitivinicola Marino
Via Fontana Saracena, 9 - 84043 AGROPOLI - Tel: +39 0974 821719 +39 339 1083385 Fax: +39 0974 821719 Web: Email:


IN THE LAND OF SANNITI, IN THE LAND OF MALIAWho comes through Caudina valley, in the Benevento's valley, immediately feel, in any season, a sudden change of climate: the ramparts Apennine make us suddenly pass from the Naples' or Caserta's sweet maritime climate, to a continental climate, where the temperature is lower, during the winter rains are more frequent and, fog and night frosts come together. In the discovery of Sannio an itinerary that touches three of the most beautiful towns in the province. All around on mountains and hills sides mature grapes that produce exceptional quality wines: so many typical products to taste: mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino, canestrai, extra virgin olive oil and the famous nuts of Benevento. For artistic handycraft lovers: do not forget Cerretesi ceramics. The itinerary includes, as a starting point, Benevento, fifth Chief Town of Campania, that extends along an ideal guideline to the west, crossing Foglianise, Torrecuso Solopaca Castelvenere and Guardia Sanframondi to get to Dugenta and Sant'Agata, near Caserta.
From Naples: A16/E842 – exit: Benevento. From Rome: RA9 direction Naples/Bari – exit: Benevento.

The city of Benevento is located at the confluence of the Sabato and Calore rivers, and it's protected by a crown of Campania's Apennine mountains - including Mount Taburno which, together with other peaks, draws the Sleeper of Sannio, a mountainous natural monument seems to represent a woman who sleeps. The town's Samnite name was Maloenton, maybe derived from the name Malies, but the etymology of the earth can also mean unworked or land of enchantment, for the happy position.The Romans latinized its name in Maleventum and turned it into an important city along the Via Appia and into the southern Italy expansion basis. Destroyed by the Ostrogoths, was the extreme south domain before the Lombards, then the Byzantines and the Popes. The itinerary in the town stretches along the ancient Via Magistrale, today, Corso Garibaldi, a path uphill which crosses the old town, crossing the Cathedral, Paul V Palace fronted by Square Papiniano with the Isis' Temple Egyptian obelisk, Square Rome in front of Trajan street that leads to Trajan's Arch, Mosti Palace seat of the town hall, St. Bartholomew church, the Theatre Comunale Vittorio Emanuele, Terragnoli Palace, home of the library, St. Sophia church in Matteotti Square, the Government Palace and, finally, the Fortress of the Rectors.

On the sides of the main street converge many charming historic streets, in one of them, in the secret of the Jewish ghetto, is hidden the Hortus Conclusus by Mimmo Paladino. Vegetable garden of the medieval convent of the Dominicans, from 1992 houses a permanent installation by the artist Mimmo Paladino of Benevento, the greatest among the transavantgarde exponents . The Hortus has become a free art gallery surrounded by the green. The artist's works have as a counterpoint the Roman era ruins, creating an interesting representation of the complex Sannio culture.
Left Benevento we travel a dozen miles before reaching Foglianise, a town surrounded by the mountains of Taburno and hills that slope to Benevento. Here most of the visits are for religious purposes, given the large number of churches which are in the territory. These include the Church of St. Anne, and Santa Maria of Constantinople, in addition to the convent of Sant'Annunziata, the Hermitage of St. Michael of the ninth century and the Abbey of Santa Maria in Gruptis. 

Wineries to visit:Cantina del Taburno 
Via Sala - 82030 Foglianise - Tel: +39 0824 871338 Fax: +39 0824 878898 Web: Email:
Situated on Mount Taburno slopes, the winery, from the very beginning of its activity has achieved quality, providing its members with the experience of its technicians and the fruit of their laboratories research. Today processes grapes of 300 winemakers, owners or vineyards manager, vineyards spread over the territories of the towns located at the foot of the mountain. The company has been able to maximize the individual farmers work and experience and to enhance the research activities, with the intent to obtain the highest quality expression of the area historical grapes.
Winery tours: Monday - Thursday, 8.00 am – 1.00 pm / 2.00 – 5.30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Very close to Foglianise rises Torrecuso, a charming village situated in a privileged position where we can admire the Taburno and the Valley of the Heat. The town is characterized by narrow, winding alleys that wind around the central square, dominated by Cito Palace, seat of the municipality and once home of the homonymous feudal lords.
Wineries to visit:Azienda Agricola Fontanavecchia 
Via Fontanavecchia - 82030 Torrecuso -Tel: +39 0824 876275 Fax: +39 0824 876275 Web: Email:
The best time to visit the picturesque farm Fontanavecchia is probably the autumn when the colors of the vines are enhanced by the October sky, the fresh grass covers the clods and it's time to prepare the musts in the darkness of the vats, while a grandmother tells the stories of the past, on a quiet seductive hill. winery visits: daily, 9.00 am- 6.00 pm
Fattoria la Rivolta 
Contrada Rivolta - 82030 Torrecuso - Tel: +39 0824 872921 Fax: +39 0824 884907 Web: Email:
Emblem of this ancient company's history are the two Lombards knights that fight in battle, taken from the capping of an ancient column of that time. The same name "La Rivolta" (the uprising) follows the homonymous district that was Lombard fief and that was the scene of a bloody "uprising" to the rural landowner. Winery visits: daily, by reservation

Deviating from the north we reach Castelvenere, surrounded by a green hilly landscape furrowed by vines rows. Castelvenere is the town most vineyard in the region, and also here the churches are the main attraction. So the visits are reserved for the Church of St. Mary of the Chair, the Church of St. Nicholas and the one of Our Lady of the Forest. In addition worth a visit the medieval village, with Barone Palace, the Tower of Venus, the street of the Ditch and the Market Square that in its center houses the ancient well.
Wineries to visit:Antica Masseria Venditti – Azienda Agricola di Nicola Venditti 
Via Sannitica 120 - "Isola di cultura del Vino" - 82030 Castelvenere - Tel: +39 0824 940306 Fax: +39 0824 940301 Web: Email:
Since 1595 the farmhouse Venditti, one generation after another, has grown by itself its own grapes, vinified and aged their grapes and their wines with care, love and passion. With the changing of the times has combined the ancient method to the modern technology rationality, to have a natural and organic product. Winery visits: by appointment
Azienda Agricola Fattoria Ciabrelli 
Via Italia 3 - 82030 Castelvenere - Tel: +39 0824 940565 Fax: +39 0824 940921 Web: Email:
Since 1976 Ciabrelli Antonio, having inherited his father's farm, has started a wine in the bottle production, pointing from the very beginning on the rediscovery of old vines. The farm, located in the town of Castelvenere heart of the Sannita winemaking, produces six types of wine, two DOC and four IGT. Winery visits: daily, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

The next step is in Guardia Sanframondi, a typical medieval village situated on a hill overlooking the entire valley Telesina offering magnificent views. From  far away we can see the castle, situated in a strategic position and that in the past guaranteed total control of the valleys. Originally from the twelfth century, was rearranged several times over the centuries. In the village worth a visit the Shrine of the Assumption, a baroque church with three aisles, to the detriment of a modest facade hides a magnificent interior with three naves.
Wineries to visit:Cooperativa Agricola La Guardiense 
Via Santa Lucia 104/105 - 82034 Guardia Sanframondi - Tel: +39 0824 864034 Fax: +39 0824 864935 Web: Email:
Founded in 1960 by 33 members, the cooperative plays an important role in Benevento for the technological and economic progress achieved. It combines the ancient experience with the modern technology, in a mainly hilly locality, Santa Lucia di Guardia Sanframondi. Winery visits: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm / 1.30 – 5.30 pm
Corte Normanna
Contrada Sapenzie, 20 - 82034 Guardia Sanframondi-Tel: +39 0824 817004 Fax: +39 0824 817004 

In this land that has a unique microclimate, where the vines rows and the olive green foliage draw the sunny and uncontaminated hills, stands the Farm Corte Normanna that with skill, memory and emotion, for more than sixty years has been pursuing a continuous increase of quality through meticulous selections, finest technological innovations and the work of human being. Corte Normanna is a family-owned agricultural company, covers a total area of twenty hectares, of which eighteen  used for specialized vineyards and two for olive groves. Winery visits by appointment
Left Guardia Sanframondi we have to drive towards Caserta for half an hour before reaching Dugenta, a small town just outside of the Sannio, a crossroads between the valley Caudina and valley Telesina, the community of the Taburno and Terra di Lavoro (Caserta). In the past, the town territory was also affected by transhumance between inland areas and those of the Adriatico coast, from summer pastures to winter ones, which took place through a sheep track network. The path of the Volturno River near Dugenta was very fishy, from the Angevin Court registers we learn about the practice of the sturgeon fishing. Among the monuments of the place, the Norman - Swabian castle established around the XI century on top of a hill overlooking a vast territory. Built over a previous Roman fortress, is full of pitfalls and long underground tunnels, not yet totally explored, which connect it with the nearby castles and make it mysterious. The next stop is the Vanvitellian Palace: in 1734 Carlo of Angiò passed by Dugenta in his march of conquest to Naples and, after building the Royal Palace of Caserta and the aqueduct, ordered Luigi Vanvitelli to build the palace that was going to be a military location with horses stables; close to the castle and the river St. George stands the Church Archpriest of St. Andrew the Apostle, recently restored, whose consecration took place around 1112 by Pope Paschal II and that was the destination of the visit, in 1160, of another pope, Alexander II, passing while traveling to Benevento.
Wineries to visit:
Torre Gaia 
Via Boscocupo 11 - 82030 Dugenta - Tel: +39 0824 978172 Fax: +39 0824 978337 Web:
The company, located in the territory of the Sannio of Benevento, area of ancient winemaking tradition, combines the attention to technological progress with respect for tradition, as evidenced by the ancient villa, site of the accommodation. Winery visits: daily, 10:00 am to 10:00 

Ready for our last stop we reach Sant'Agata de 'Goti. It's an ancient town in a beautiful position on a tuff terrace between two affluents of the river Isclero. Built on the Samnite town Saticula site placed on the edge of Campania, is mentioned in ancient history because, in 343 BC, during the first Samnite war consul Cornelius encamped here, and risked also to lose his army. Became a Roman colony, got its present name when the Goths were defeated in 553 AD in the Vesuvius battle, they obtained permission to remain in their fortresses as subjects of the empire: a colony of Goths settled here. Later occupied by Lombards, became part of the Duchy of Benevento, to pass, then in the hands of Norman and then, to the popes before becoming a fief until the abolition of feudalism. Many Roman ruins are scattered in the town: burial, cairns, inscriptions, columns. The necropolis excavated in the town and in the nearby villages Presta and St. Peter in the late eighteenth century, have brought to light various  bronzes and vases of Saticula with red figures on a black background, now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, in that one of Benevento and in some European museums. The route, through the village of Sant'Agata, starts from the Church of the Annunciation, continues through the Market, Castle and Trieste Squares, which is actually a single irregular shaped square that takes different names. The next stop is the eighteenth-century Santa Maria of Constantinople Church, upon this church is placed one of the ancient Roman inscriptions of which we spoke. Again churches, before arriving at Piazza Umberto I, where stands the statue of St. Alphonsus de 'Liguori who was bishop of the town, to arrive at the square named after the saint and on which stands the Cathedral.
Wineries to visit:Azienda Agricola Mustilli 
Via dei Fiori 20 - 82019 Sant’Agata de’ Goti - Tel: +39 0823 717433 Fax: +39 0823 717619 Web: Email:
Mustilli family came to Sant'Agatha de' Goti at the beginning of the sixteenth century. From Ravello, chose the Samnite village as new home and new land to work. The culture of wine has always intertwined with the documented family history, even today, from the wineries dug into the tuff, under the family palace. Winery visits: by appointment
Azienda Agricola Fattoria Ciabrelli 
Via Italia 3 - 82030 Castelvenere - Tel: +39 0824 940565 Fax: +39 0824 940921 Web: Email:

Azienda Agricola Mustilli 
Via dei Fiori 20 - 82019 Sant’Agata de’ Goti - Tel: +39 0823 717433 Fax: +39 0823 717619 Web: Email:
orre Gaia 
Via Boscocupo 11 - 82030 Dugenta - Tel: +39 0824 978172 Fax: +39 0824 978337 Web:

Dove mangiare:

Antica Masseria Venditti – Azienda Agricola di Nicola Venditti 
Via Sannitica 120 - "Isola di cultura del Vino" - 82030 Castelvenere - Tel: +39 0824 940306 Fax: +39 0824 940301 Web: Email:

Azienda Agricola Fattoria Ciabrelli 
Via Italia 3 - 82030 Castelvenere - Tel: +39 0824 940565 Fax: +39 0824 940921 Web: Email:
Azienda Agricola Mustilli 
Via dei Fiori 20 - 82019 Sant’Agata de’ Goti - Tel: +39 0823 717433 Fax: +39 0823 717619 Web: Email:

Torre Gaia 
Via Boscocupo 11 - 82030 Dugenta - Tel: +39 0824 978172 Fax: +39 0824 978337 Web: Email:


Wooded mountains, green hills, generous and quiet rivers, just like the people of these lands. Archaeological sites, medieval villages, ancient abbeys in memory of a past rich in history, seem embedded in a naturalistic scenery and exceptional beauty landscape. Irpinia, whose name "hirpus" wolf in osco, the ancient Samnites language, is a land of strong and proud of rural traditions people.

The vines cultivations has always been one of the most popular and in the green Irpinia the art of making wine is ancient, so much that, since the beginning of the national unity, was established in Avellino, by Francesco De Sanctis, a specialization school for viticulture and enology. A journey, then, among green hills, to taste great wines, the Campania three DOCG - Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, Taurasi – to taste the local gastronomy, cheeses, cold cuts, fruits of the woods - hazelnuts, chestnuts, cherries and, in the fall, why not, the famous black truffle of Bagnoli Irpino. This itinerary starts and ends in Avellino, and consists of an ideal ring which includes several stages in an area with great wine propensity: Avellino, Cesinali, Sorbo Serpico, Castelvetere sul Calore, Taurasi, Sant'Angelo all'Esca, Mirabella Eclano, Montefusco, Tufo.  


From Naples motorway A16/E842 exit: Avellino Ovest.
Originating in ancient age Avellino is the heart of Irpinia, and is situated in a valley full of vineyards, at the foot of Montevergine, the most important and famous mountain of the Partenio, many pilgrimages destination to venerate the Black Virgin, attended with one of the richest collections of nativity scenes in the world, in the twelfth century Benedictine sanctuary at 1270 meters above sea level.The numerous earthquakes that have characterized the life of the capital city have deprived part of its historical identity. To get an idea of how Avellino was flourishing and powerful as a Roman colony, just go to the nearby Atripalda, which still maintains many public buildings of the time. In Avellino an obligatory stop is represented by the Museum of Irpina, which houses a rich collection of archaeological remains and prehistoric evidence of Irpinia, Samnite and Roman.
Wineries to visit:
Cantina Famiglietti
Piazza Sotto Chiesa, 3 83052 Av- Tel +39 0827 71023 Fax +39 0827 71023 Web
A company that in Paternopoli, with its 21 hectares of vineyard and olive grove, went on the market in 2009 with its Campi Taurasini, processed in consultation with Carmine Valentino. A son right of that Paternopoli marked by the earthquake, where the family for decades has been producing quality grapes that conferred on leading companies of Irpinia.
Winery visits by appointment

Left Avellino in a few minutes we reach Cesinali. Here can be admired the Church of St. Rocco and the Parish Church of San Silvestro, as well as Cocchia Palace and Del Franco Palace, before focusing on the first winery visit.

Cantine da visitare:
I Favati 
Piazza Di Donato - 83020 Cesinali - Tel: +390825 666898 Fax: +39 0825 666898 Web: 

From a great family tradition, where passion and culture for good wine are passed down from last century first decades, the company stands today in the renowned land of Irpinia and is expertly run by Piersabino and Giancarlo Favati and, Rosanna Petruzziello who takes care of any aspect of the production and marketing of the products, with the valuable contribution of skilled enologists. The owned vineyards, located in D.O.C.G. areas for a surface of 10 hectares, the winery perfectly structured to favor the best result of each cycle from maturation to vinification, to aging, are further guarantees for the high quality of all wines. Winery visits: by appointment


Going north the next stop is Sorbo Serpico: scents of nature for a town whose name is derived from the sorb, which is a common tree in the Mediterranean regions, while "Serpico" comes from the Latin person name Serpicus or from serpeus (snake), referring to a place of cult presence devoted to Serapis.
Wineries to visit:
Feudi di San Gregorio 
Loc. Cerza Grossa - 83050 Sorbo Serpico - Tel: +39 0825 986611 Fax: +39 0825 986230 Web: www.feudi.itEmail:

The project Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 by Capaldo and Ercolino families. And today, as then, is based on the indigenous grapes of Campania enhancement contributing significantly to the rebirth of an enology that has experienced glorius moments from the very beginning, when for the first time the Vitis vinifera was appearing in the Italian peninsula. This glance at the past, however, is associated with a commitment to innovation that took form from a new winery creation which wants to propose a model of non-traditional 'wine space', taking the wine as cultural identity that proposes itself as a driving force for other experiences related to the territory. Winery visits: by appointment

Moving a dozen kilometers to the east we reach Castelvetere sul Calore, whose historic center is characterized by Zoppo Fountain, built in local stone and used, in the past as public laundry, and by the church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in the twelfth century, whose bell once was used as a watchtower. Just outside the town worth visiting the Fountain del Mulinello and the chapel founded in 1794 by the priest Tommaso De Nargi.

Wineries to visit: 

C.da Santa Lucia - 83040 Castelvetere sul Calore - Tel: +39 0827 65787 Fax: +39 0827 65921

The company was born from an ancient friendship of the founders, who have combined their passion for wine with the desire to create. The company winery is large and spacious, with in the upper floor the shop and tasting room. The owned vineyards have an excellent exposure. 
Winery visits: by appointment. 


Heading north for about fifteen kilometers we run into Taurasi, the ancient Samnite Taurasia destroyed by the Romans of Scipio Barbato in 268 BC and became, in 180 BC, land of exile for people from Liguria who rebelled against Rome. The old town, with its medieval characteristics, preserves houses with stone portals, paved streets, monumental buildings and part of the old city walls where there are the ancient gates: Porta Maggiore and Porta Sant'Angelo, with its intact stone arch style. In Taurasi have to be visited the Chapel of the Crucifix, the Collegiate Church of San Marciano and Marchionale Palace called Castle, which also hosted Torquato Tasso.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Antonio Caggiano 
Contrada Sala - 83030 Taurasi - Tel: +39 0827 74723 Fax: +39 0827 74723 Email:

Arise in the middle of the production area of Taurasi DOCG. Built according to modern technical standards and ancient aesthetic taste, the visitor can access them through rooms that give an idea of a mysterious underground world among large blocks of stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings. We proceed in this way, down among ancient carved stone fountains, niches decorated with scenes of harvest and many objects of the rural civilization, located in the rock. These original decorative elements almost contribute to create a small museum of rural culture. Winery visits: by appointment


Not far from Taurasi is located this town whose historic center is characterized by numerous stone portals palaces. Deserves a visit the Church of St. Michael the Archangel dates from the XIII century, with renovations and restorations that have slightly changed the look. The facade is particularly interesting for the beautiful square stone portal, surmounted by a lancet window and a memorial tablet commemorating the restoration of 1899. Inside there are numerous eighteenth century paintings and saints statues. From the Belvedere you can see, finally, a beautiful landscape that discovers the valley of Calore.

Wineries to visit:
Tenuta del Cavalier Pepe 
Via Santa Vara - 83050 Sant’angelo all’Esca - Tel: +39 0827 73766 Fax: +39 0827 78163 Email:

The winery is about to be completed, is characterized by a modern construction structure. Theatre of advanced technologies that accompany the conferred wine grapes from the receipt to the vinification, from the refining in the barrel cellar to the bottling, the winery is equipped with an excellent laboratory. Winery visits: Monday-Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday by appointment


Next stop is characterized by the large number of churches that deserve a visit. It ranges from eighteenth-century Church of Santa Maria Maggiore with the numerous works that keep inside, to the Church of the Annunciation, form the Church of St. Francis to the one of San Bernardino. In addition to churches, Mirabella Eclano should be visited for its many and monumental palaces, such as Cappuccio Palace, Penta Palace and Angrisani Palace.
Wineries to visit:
Vinanda s.a.r.l.
Contrada Guinnazzi 83036 MIRABELLA ECLANO – Tel 0825 +39 447375  Web  Email
The company has already purchased fourteen hectares of vineyard in the territory of Mirabella. The steps of the new winery are fixed: now the production is of one hundred thousand bottles. Within a year the aim is to increase it to nearly two hundred thousand. The debut on the market has been positive, the bottles of Vinanda have crossed the Alps to Sicily.
Winery visits: by appointmet

Moving west along a panoramic road we arrive to Montefusco, Irpinia capital until 1806, the ancient Ultra Principality. Here an obligatory passage is the Palatine Church of San Giovanni del Vaglio, whose bell tower, from the sixteenth century, with an octagonal plan, dominates the whole village. Unmissable, then a visit to the Castle or Bourbon Prison, an imposing medieval fortress transformed in prison by the Bourbons. Current site of the town hall, in the underground has maintained the look which is linked the sad reputation of Spielberg of Irpinia. To enjoy the timeless peace of Montefusco do not forget a walk: many the churches as evidence of the ancient splendor of the past, many narrow streets and alleys where you can enjoy incomparable beauty views with the vine in foreground. For handicrafts lovers, a message: among the women of the village still there are the art of the Bobbin lace keepers, ancient and precious handicrafts form of spindles.
Wineries to visit:
Terredora di Paolo 
Via Serra - 83030 Montefusco - Tel: +39 0825 968215 Fax: +39 0825 963022 Web:

Since 1978 it's the protagonist of the wine renaissance in Campania, by introducing in the millenarian native vines cultivation modern innovations and technical expertise. It has promoted the return of the viticulture of Campania to its oldest and qualified tradition, in a lush aspect landscape. The modern winery construction dates back to 1994, when the entrepreneurial paths in the Mastroberardino family, for generations in the wine business, took separate ways and Walter and his sons, Paolo, Lucio and Daniela chose to begin a new "adventure". Winery visits: by appointment


Town of ancient origins, it developed in Lombards times and disputed in feudal times. In more recent times, Tufo experienced a relative economic prosperity period, due to the discovery of the sulfur mine. A few meters from the railway station, there still is the imposing complex of industrial architecture consisting of Mines of Sulphur "Di Marzo", dating back to 1866 where it was the milling of the product that, in the past, was largely used in agriculture. It's just between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century that Tufo had a significant increasing of its population, which, in an almost entirely agricultural Irpinia, could claim the privilege of having already taken the road of the industrial era: the mine workers could count on a remuneration that didn't depend anymore on the agriculture fruits. Unfortunately, this relative prosperity was of short duration and, in the late sixties, the small rural town once again experienced the phenomenon of emigration, both to the north of Italy and abroad. The seventies were in a sense a bridge between past and future: Tufo rediscovered in agriculture, particularly in wine production, its own destiny. 
To be visited the Medieval Castle, which still preserves the three towers and much of city walls, the Garden Mill, with the sulfur mines that arrive three hundred meters deep, the Palace of Marzo and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta .
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola di Marzo 
Via G. Di Marzo - 83010 Tufo - Tel: +39 0825 998022 Fax: +39 0825 998383 Email:

The company's roots date back to the seventeenth century, when in 1647, Scipione di Marzo, from St. Paolo di Nola, settled in Tufo introducing the Greco vine. Wineries, dug into the tufa, develop in a series of tunnels, rooms and passages, beneath the palace of property that, enlarged in the eighteenth century current structure, dominates the valley of Saturday with a great view of the mountains of Partenio. The wine, produced from its own vineyards, thanks to the exposure and the pedological conformation enjoys the best conditions of adaptation to Greco and Aglianico grapes. Winery visits: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm / 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Tenuta del Cavalier Pepe 
Via Santa Vara - 83050 Sant’angelo all’Esca - Tel: +39 0827 73766 Fax: +39 0827 78163 Email:

Hotel Belsito
S.S. 7,7  - AVELLINO –  Tel.:+39 0825.67001
A1 Uscita  Avellino est

Park Hotel L’Incanto
Via Postavecchia 1 – 83030 Pietradefusi – A16 Uscita: Benevento Tel: +39 0825 962721 Fax: +39 0825 959143 

Where to eat:

Agriturismo Salae Domini
83030 TAURASI  - Tel: +39 0827 74723
aperto solo su prenotazione

Marennà - Feudi di San Gregorio 
Località Cerza Grossa  - 83050 SORBO SERPICO -  Tel: +39 0825.986621 / 66
Web: www.feudi.itEmail:

Tenuta Cavalier Pepe - La Collina 
Contrada Santa Vara  - 83050 SANT’ANGELO ALL’ESCA - Tel.: 0827 78012 / 78121 Email:

Antica Trattoria Martella
Via Chiesa Conservatorio 10 - 83100  AVELLINO - Tel.: +39 0825.31117

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