Campania wine region

Rustic Campania (its name means ‘countryside’) forms the lower shin of Italy.  It lies on the west coast, south of Lazio (Rome’s province) and north of even more rustic Calabria, the fore-foot.
At the coast there is Naples, Capri and Amalfi; inland the Apennines rise so high that there is even a ski resort.  Most of the vineyards are nearer the latter, which perhaps explains why the region is better known for its whites than its reds.
These come from a raft of local varieties; the international grapes have made little headway here.  Avellino province, home to the ski resort, is also the heartland for most of the wines: the crisp, full-bodied and minerally Greco; the more delicate, nutty and fragrant Fiano; and the leafy, orange-citrus-flavoured Falanghina.  Both Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino are DOCG.
Just to the east of those white DOCGs lies one for the region’s most celebrated red, Taurasi, made from another local variety, the savoury but fearsomely acidic and tannic Aglianico.  Taurasi is known as southern Italy’s Barolo and needs similarly long aging.
Outside Avellino, Falanghina is also the main grape used in the more coastal DOCs of Campi Flegrei near Naples, the island of Capri, and the Costa d’Amalfi.  Reds tend to be blends of Aglianico with the softer, fruitier Piedirosso, another local variety.  The latter dominates in the reds and rosés of Lacryma Christi DOC, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, while the whites are blends of Coda di Volpe, Verdecca, Falaghina and Greco.

Decanting Club wines from: Campania

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