A fantastic example of a volcanic wine, a red wine with great structure and complexity, elegance, a delicate nose with notes of violets, fruit, spices, and plenty of minerality for this red wine made with Piedirosso, that translate as red feet in english, grape from vineyards located in the Vesuvius national park with their roots deep in minerally rich volcanic lava.
Until recently only used in blend, the Lacryma Christi is possibly the most famous, this native Campania grape is cultivated in the whole region but producing the best results in the Naples area especially around the Vesuvio.
This is a very versatile red wine that pairs perfectly tomato based dishes but also more complex dishes such as beef stew, visit our authentic Italian recipes
section for more ideas.
Volcanic wines at their best, very few are aware of the Vesuvius wines.
Located at the foot of Mount Somma, in the heart of the Vesuvius National Park, a protected area that constitutes the ideal habitat for the cultivation of the vine, the Cantine Olivella winery 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 flagship grape which had almost forgotten and disappeared, and was only recently allowed to made into a wine, before it was only allowed to be used in blends and it wasn’t possible to have its name on the label. The wonder of the Italian wine legislation
Today the winery cultivates about 10 hectares of vineyard grown on the Vesuvius lava and it is all done manually and it has started the organic certification, their volcanic wines will soon be allowed to have the organic logo on their bottles.