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12/12/2016

Cantine Astroni is one of the fifteen reasons to visit Naples

Cantine Astroni is one of the fifteen reasons to visit Naples, by the French blog "One Day One Travel".
Thanks guys, we hope to see you soon!

For the full article: http://www.onedayonetravel.com/visiter-naples-top-15-activites/
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11/9/2016

GAMBERO ROSSO - "BEREBENE 2017" GUIDE

We would like to invite you to visit our stand at the presentation of the "Berebene 2017" guide by the Gambero Rosso on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at "Palazzo Caracciolo" in Naples. In this occasion you can taste our Piedirosso Campi Flegrei "Colle Rotondella" 2015 awarded with the Oscar for best
price/quality ratio.
We are wating for you!
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10/26/2016

VITAE 2017 - PRESENTATION GUIDE AND TASTING

We would like to invite you to visit our stand at the presentation of the Vitae 2017 Guide by the Association Italian Sommelier on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at "The Mall" in Milan. In this occasion you can taste our Strione 2011, awarded in the ranking of 500 best italian wines.
We are waiting for you!
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10/10/2016

ESPRESSO GUIDE - THE WINES FROM ITALY EVENT

We would like to invite you to visit our stand at the presentation of the Wine Guide 2017 by the Espresso on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Leopolda Station in Florence. In this occasion you can taste our Falanghina dei Campi Flegrei 2015, "Colle Imperatrice", awarded in the ranking of 50 best wines for the price/quality ratio.
We are wating for you!
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10/7/2016

SLOW WINE 2017 - COLLE IMPERATRICE WINE TASTING AT THE TERME DEL TETTUCCIO IN MONTECATINI TERME

We would like to invite you to the Terme del Tettuccio in Montecatini Terme for Saturday, October 15th 2016 from 3 P.M to 7 P.M. On this occasion will be a commemorative wine tasting of the best 500 winery in Italy. We are glad and proud to show you our awarded Falanghina dei Campi Flegrei 2015 "Colle Imperatrice".
We are wating for you!

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Press

10/27/2022

Naples’ Volcanic Wines - Wine Spectator - Robert Camuto

The first morning I woke in western Naples’ Campi Flegrei area, the view from my hotel terrace seemed paradisiacal.
Looking down the verdant hillsides, I took in the late-summer panorama of the glistening Gulf of Naples framed by the islands Capri and Ischia.
Then I noticed the smell: A putrid odor of rotten eggs seemed to have crept in on the morning breeze.
I quickly learned from other guests that this was not the fault of bad plumbing or pollution, but is the natural calling card of one of Europe’s largest active volcanic zones.
The Campi Flegrei (or Phlegraean Fields) is one giant smoldering super-volcano, with dozens of craters spread over about 80 square miles—much of that within the densely populated city limits of Naples, one of Europe’s most historic and chaotic metropolises. In the nearby countrysides are craters that look like large mining pits, where fumaroles release potent-smelling sulfurous gas.
Talk about volcanic terroir! In recent years, volcanic soils have become a hot topic in wine. But aside from Sicily’s Mount Etna, many of these so-called volcanic places haven’t been active for thousands of years.
At the other end of the spectrum of activity, Campi Flegrei is in a class of its own.
“This is not like Etna where you look up and see the volcano. Here you live in the volcano,” declares Gerardo Vernazzaro, the 46-year-old winemaker at his family’s Cantine Degli Astroni winery, named after the spent crater—now covered in forest and turned into a nature reserve—that sprawls miles below its oldest vineyard.
Naturally, there is a kind of fatalism here. Predictions are that one day it will catastrophically all blow up again. The last big eruption here, nearly 500 years ago, created the 430-foot Monte Nuovo over one week, and that mountain has slowly grown in height over the last 50 years. The once-chic Roman resort of Baiae, where Julius Caesar had a getaway, sunk into the sea following a seismic shift after the fall of the Empire. It’s now an underwater archaeological park.
Perhaps because the earth moves so much here, Campi Flegrei wines—principally the light Piedirosso reds and the local version of the white variety Falanghina—tend to be drunk quickly and locally.
“The wines here were born with the concept of carpe diem,” says Vernazzaro. “The idea is: Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.”
Gerardo Vernazzaro checks out some of Cantine Degli Astroni's Piedirosso grapes as the family winery approaches harvest time.
Winemaker Gerardo Vernazzaro of Cantine Degli Astroni checks on the Piedirosso grapes, which handle hot summers well and are typically are harvested in October. (Robert Camuto)
Piedirosso makes some of the most appealing, easy-drinking reds I enjoyed this summer. Also known as Per e Palummo, Piedirosso is grown throughout Campania, including on Ischia island. Fresh, with low-to-moderate levels of alcohol (12 to 13.5 percent), the wines show red fruit and spice, becoming more savory and minerally as they evolve over time.
The image comes to mind of Gamay with a suntan.
Piedirosso—actually a family of related vines of different biotypes—is a late-ripening variety harvested in October that doesn’t seem to mind even record-breaking hot summers like 2022.
“Piedirosso is like we Neapolitans,” Vernazzaro says. “It likes the heat and sun.”
Astroni is in its fourth generation of farming here. Starting with the 2000 vintage, when Gerardo was finishing enology school up north, the family created a commercial label to market their wine. Astroni’s Piedirosso Campi Flegrei bottlings both come from the organically certified Camaldoli vineyard of volcanic sands and tuff stone. The Colle Rotondella bottling is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel, and the Tenuta Camaldoli is made from a selection of grapes, from the vineyard’s best-exposed sections, that are fermented in cherry wood vats and aged in chestnut barrels.
Link: https://www.winespectator.com/articles/naples-volcanic-wines?fbclid=IwAR2ByxLAVbFWfUG8xpZdxAnpSK_8LD4VIgLmJbnTSwwnhr_kBJvpcVTIDgA

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Awards

CTOBER 2022 - FALSTAFF - 91PTS

Colle Rotondella - Campi Flegrei Piedirosso dop 2021 - 91pts

OCTOBER 2022 - FALSTAFF - 92PTS

Colle Imperatrice- Campi Flegrei Falanghina dop 2021 - 92pts

OCTOBER 2022 - FALSTAFF - 93PTS

Tenuta Camaldoli- Campi Flegrei Piedirosso Riserva Dop 2017 - 93pts

OCTOBER 2022 - FALSTAFF - 93PTS

Tenuta Jossa - Campi Flegrei Bianco dop 2020 - 93pts
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