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Cantina Del Vesuvio

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Ciao again! We embarked on our second excursion yesterday to Cantina Del Vesuvio, a winery in Mt. Vesuvius. Let me start off by saying that it was my first time visiting a vineyard, so I was incredibly excited! The land was owned by Maurizio’s family since 1948 and he inherited it from them. His family used to produce large quantities of wine imported to Napoli; however, he has changed that and created his own philosophy. Maurizio has brought production known to keep the quality high. In addition to that philosophy, he believes in forming relationships with consumers, so buyers must come to Cantina Del Vesuvio to buy the wine. He does not export any wine and believes in sourcing the local community. The vineyard is located at the highest level for vegetation possible for wine. We learned that Cantina Del Vesuvio cultivates two types of wine: canopy vineyard for white wine and vineyards grown in rows for red wine. The reason there’s a canopy for white grapes is because it needs protection from the sun. I was fascinated by the fact that there is no irrigation system installed. The plants basically manage themselves and receive moisture from the volcanic rocks in the soil. Volcanic rocks are porous that retain moisture and helps regulate the temperature. Mt. Vesuvius is known for its high quality wine. The reason that Maurizio is able to produce such high quality wine is because of the soil. As a result of the volcanic eruption decades ago, minerals were deposited in the land making is fertile. One of the minerals was sodium, which gives the wine a distinct salty taste. The tour and Q & A with Maurizio made me have a greater appreciation for wine!

- Tuyen Le