Naturalis Historia is a wine made with grapes from an approximately 50-year-old vineyard of our Mirabella Eclano estate. Of great structure and long-lived, it represents Irpinia, an ancient and enigmatic territory that Virgil defined: Land jealous of its many mysteries.
Colour: Intense ruby red
Aroma: Complex, ample, intense and persistent bouquet, offers aromas reminiscent of violet, currant, wild blackberry, strawberry, black cherry, chocolate and vanilla.
Palate: Warm, enveloping, with great structure and softness with aromas of plum, bitter cherry, raspberry, strawberry jam and spices. Pairs well with cured meats, aged cheeses, pasta with meat-based sauces, mushrooms and truffles or elaborate red meats and game. Aging potential of 50 years or more.
Grape Varieties: 100% Aglianico
Aging: In French oak barriques for a period of 24 months.
Awards: 93pts – Wine Spectator; 95pts – James Suckling; 91pts – Wine&Spirits; 92pts – WinesCritic.com
History of Mastroberardino
Mastroberardino is an Italian wine producer known for championing the local varieties of Campania, and for its part in several of its sub-regions gaining DOCG status. It is most famous for its Aglianico-based wines made under the Taurasi DOCG, but makes a wide range of wines from across the region.
The estate’s history began in the mid 18th century in Avellino when it was founded by Pietro di Berardino, but it was in 1878 when it was officially founded as a winery by Angelo Mastroberardino. Since World War II, Mastroberardino has grown in size and has become most influential winery in the Campania region. The winery accounted for more than half of the region’s production for much of the 20th Century, and at one point more than 90 percent of the Taurasi DOCG output. The modern winery produces roughly 150,000 cases annually.
he catalogue of wines is fairly large, but the most renowned offerings come from the three DOCG regions the estate has vineyards in: Taurasi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino. Taurasi in particular has been successful for Mastroberardino, with the Radici Riserva Taurasi being the most highly regarded.
In 1996, Mastroberardino started the Villa dei Misteri project in tandem with Pompeii excavations. This project uses viticultural techniques and grape varieties from ancient Rome, with the aim of capturing the style of wine of the Roman Empire.