Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Agriturismo Relais the Vigna – B & B in a Campana Vineyard

The siblings Maria Ida and Salvatore Avallone have opened up their vineyard and winery to guests. Relais the Vigna is located in the province of Caserta about 80 km north of Naples and 150 km south of Rome. They make wine. The Agriturismo includes a restaurant with cooking lessons available and a wellness center (SPA). Campania is home to one of my favorite southern Italian wines, Aglianico.

Relais the Vigna is a great destination to learn about southern Italian wines and the rich local cuisine. A visit to the agriturismo includes a trip into the numerous vineyards surrounding the hotel. In the restaurant, house wines and traditional regional dishes combine to create a sensory overload. The wines are velvety and the foods savory, sometimes spicy.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about a vacation at the Relais the Vigna is visiting the in-house winery Villa Matilde. In the early seventies the founder of the winery, Francesco Avallone, planted the antique vines of Falerno. Falerno is said to have originated in this area 3,000 years ago. Legend remembers the Dio Baccus personally breathing life into this vine.

The wines of Villa Matilde are considered boutique wines, of the highest quality. The grapes are grown in balance with the land without industrial pesticides. The production methods are the traditional natural fermentation without the forced oxygenation or micro filtration. To demonstrate their quality another wine in the cellars of Villa Matilde has just received 3 glasses in the 2008 edition of the “Guida Vini d’Italia” edited by the Slow Foods and Gambero Rosso consumer groups.



Blogger ginkers said...

Partial to an Aglianico myself but not always so easy to get your hands on in Scotland!

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