Italy | Campania
The Campania wine region of southern Italy can be seen as the "shin" of Italy's boot, anchored by its capital, Naples. Dating back to the 12th Century BC the region is one of Italy's very oldest wine producing areas. The ancient heritage of its vineyards and respect for tradition have been key to Campania’s new found success in the world of wine. Instead of seeking out foreign markets by planting international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, Campania’s winemakers have stayed true to their heritage of indigenous grapes that best reflect Campania’s terroir.
The best known wine of the region is perhaps Lacryma Christi (Tears of Christ), produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius; however, in terms of quality, the red wines of Taurasi DOCG made from the underrated Aglianico grape and referred to as "the Barolo of the South" are now gaining greater recognition on the global stage. Modern white wine styles are increasing in popularity and gaining great acclaim from critics and wine commentators alike, particularly those made from the Greco, Fiano and Falanghina grape varieties.