Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Vineyard Hopping - Casal Di Principe (Ce) - Az. Agrituristica Arbustum
Harvest season - Campania. For my first vendemmia of 2012, I chose a small vineyard with a big story. The Asprinio di Aversa vineyard belonging to Az. Agrituristico Arbustum in the town of Casel Di Principe in Caserta...about 30 minutes from Naples. Asprinio di Aversa- a white grape found in this part of the country has been around a long time, some believe as far back as the Etruscan period. And that explains the training system that many vineyards that produce this grape still use today.
Vines that grow amazingly high -50 to 60 feet. Vines that are attached or 'married' to poplar trees. Imagine... ridiculously tall vines reaching up to the sky. Spectacular to view, but an incredible task to maintain, prune, and of course, at this time of year...harvest.
It was breathtaking. I was watching tradition...a dying tradition unfortunately.
Because as exciting as this was to watch, I couldn't help but think about reality. The reality of how labor intensive it is to maintain a vineyard 50 feet above ground. The reality of how there aren't many young people who are interested in becoming a uomini ragno, a spider man.