A fascinating insight into a project by the Soprintendenza Archeologica and Società Mastroberardino that reintroduced wine growing in an experimental vineyard area within the ruins of Pompeii. It followed the discovery of root casts during excavations and the project aimed to highlight the ancient cultural roots possessed and passed down by this city. The project started in March 1996 and in 2001 the first wine coming from ancient Pompeii vineyards was produced, following the first significant harvesting, vinification and ageing in wooden casks by the Mastroberardino family.
The video is presented by Piero Mastroberardino whose family is recognized as the champion of the native vines of Irpinia and Campania, where it has been operating since the early 18th century. With 250 hectares of agricultural estates located in Irpinia, home of three DOCGs: Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, they aim to preserve their identity, continuity and development of indigenous viticulture.
More details about the project and the Mastroberardino vineyards can be found on their website.