A glass of Cantine Villa Dora's Vigna del Vulcano Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC Bianco 2012.
A glass of wine that led me to a town called Terzigno, near Pompeii, in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius. It led me through the gates of Cantine Villa Dora, down a volcanic road past towering vineyards and impressive olive groves. It led me to Giovanna Ambrosio, who had just finished up a long day of bottling wines and was ready to spend some time talk about her family's winery.
Exiting from the car to stretch my legs before entering into the small cantina, I took a look at the area around me. Blackish grey soil typical of these parts, volcanic rocks made into planters, a gazebo hosting grapes and welcome any vineyard hopper to discover the territory.
Walking around the winery, Giovanna pointed out the stainless steel vats, the barrel room and family's stock of older vintages which Vincenzo Ambrosio strongly believes in the importance of holding onto.
Vento and sole...Giovanna pointed out. Wind and sunshine. All day, everyday. It was hard not to notice and appreciate the hard work that goes into maintaining the vineyards.
Gorgeous and impressive.
We headed past the olive groves and olive oil mill on our way back to the winery. (Yes, the family produces oil as well from the century old olive trees and I could almost picture the activity at harvest time.)
We arrived to the villa which serves as the winery's showroom and area for receptions, lunches, dinners, and of course, tastings. And since it was Vigna del Vulcano that had led me here, Giovanna decided to open a bottle of that same white wine, but an older vintage. We went back in time to 2006. A Campanian white nearly nine years after the harvest. Beautiful light golden color. Still fresh and flavorful once again proving how whites from the region can stand the test of time.
It was time to go. But not before noticing what else the winery produces, including a grappa as well as getting a chance to check out a couple of new wine labels featuring a smoking Mt Vesuvius.
Cantine Villa Dora
Via Bosco Mauro, 1
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