On the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, the Antonio Mazzella vineyard has been producing wines since 1940.
Located on the southern side of the island at 150m above sea level, the road and soil conditions were poor, and as a result, cultivating grapes was difficult at the best of times. Not to unperturbed, the Mazzella family persevered, and today the area is productive and sustainable with 10 hectares of land under vine.
Here, local varieties Biancolella, Forastera & Piedirosso grapes are grown in steep inclines, with the terraces facing the sea, the wine makers use a monorail to navigate the site.
Harvesting and pressing is done by hand in the winery where the wine process begins, the must is left to mature in ancient cellars dug into the tufa rock for 3 to 5 days, followed by 5 months fermentation in stainless steel tanks where they remain until they are transported to another part of the island for final bottling & release.
Grape Variety: Piedirosso
Production Area: Municipality of Ischia and Barano d’Ischia & Grotta di Terra and Monte Barano cultivation from 300 to 500 meters above sea level.
Tasting Notes: Intense ruby red colour with scents of violets.
Serving Temperature: 16-18C
Ideal With: Rabbit, or other Game and strong hard cheeses.
Allergens: Contains sulphites