Irpinia represents one of the highest expressions of italian viticulture. Irpinia is an imposing, verdant, peasant land; it is the producer of many agricultural products and ancient recipes and is a privileged destination for wine and food tourism that prefers to savour an excellent DOCG wine (denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin).
Irpinia is rich in landscapes, villages, castles and fortresses still intact and steeped in centuries-old history.
In the portion of the area delimited by the two rivers flowing between Benevento and Avellino, characterised by its clayey-calcareous soil, Fiano, Aglianico and Greco di Tufo are produced; the latter used to be produced exclusively in Tufo, while today it is also produced in 8 neighbouring municipalities. The three wines just mentioned represent regional excellence in wine-growing and the relative growth of these three wines at international level has boosted this area, which has become a sought-after tourist destination. The area is full of wine cellars that open up to tourism and hospitality, wine tastings are on the increase and festivals complete the food and wine offerings of Irpinia.
Here are a few suggestions on some of the wine cellars that are worth a stop, there are many more but due to requirements we will not be able to review them all:
- Tenuta Sarno 1860, where only Fiano is planted in the Candida area;
- the Dogana dei Grani, in Atripalda, a centuries-old cellar with frescoed ageing caves where Aglianico is produced;
- the Feudi di S. Gregorio winery in Sorbo Serpico, which for hospitality offers a residence and a restaurant where the Falanghina produced can be tasted;
- the company I Favati, in Cesinali, where you can stop to sleep and eat.