Not your usual white wine, more structure, more complexity, more elegance and plenty of minerality, for this volcanic wine with a delicate, fruity and floral nose. This white wine is made from Catalanesca grape with a very reduced yield, located in the Vesuvius national park with their roots deep in minerally rich volcanic lava.
The grape, manually harvested, are selected and pressed and the resulting wine is left to age in the bottle for a few months before being release. This is a great white wine that can pair flavourful dishes, from salmon to cod even some tomato based dish, such as Melanzane ripiene, visit our authentic Italian recipes
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In the last few years, volcanic wines have grown in popularity all over the world and Italy offer plenty due the presence of several volcanos, active and not. If Etna wines are now widely known, Vesuvius volcanic wines are a valid alternative offering outstanding value for money due to being still little known.
Cantine Olivella is located right at the foot of Mount Somma, in the heart of the Vesuvius National Park, a protected area that represent an ideal habitat for the cultivation of the vine, and their mission is to bring back native grapes almost forgotten.
Cantine Olivella takes their name from the source known as "dell'Olivella", at the foot of Monte Somma, where in 1974 remains of a Roman’s amphorae were found, evidence that the area was already known for its wines during the Roman empire. The amphorae found bear the name of "Sextus Catius Festus" a Roman grammarian.
"Catalanesca, our grapes" is the slogan of the winery. Catalanesca is the winery’s flagship grape which had been forgotten and almost disappeared, and only recently allowed to be bottled and labelled as Catalanesca, before could only be used in blends - the, some time, non-sense of the Italian wine legislation
Today the winery cultivates about 10 hectares of organically grown vineyard located on the Vesuvius lava producing outstanding volcanic wines made with native Vesuvius grapes, from Piedirosso to Caprettone to their flagship wine, Catalanesca. Volcanic wines have more elegance, more minerality and more structure.