In 1996, Mastroberardino was selected by the Italian government to lead the ambitious Villa dei Misteri (or Villa of Mysteries) project, with the goal to recreate the wines of the ancient city of Pompeii using the same grape varieties and viticultural techniques of the period.
Working with the Archaeological Superintendent of Pompeii, through DNA testing and uncovered frescoes, and architectural sites, the Mastroberardino family has replanted vineyards using the same grapes and techniques as used by the Ancient Romans, before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 B.C. Vineyards were reconstructed inside the ruins of the ancient city, Villa dei Misteri, and were planted with Piedirosso, Aglianico and Sciascinoso varietals.
Colour: Ruby red.
Aroma: Aromas of cherries, plums, raspberries, and black pepper.
Palate: Refined, light tannins and bright acidity make this a lifting, balanced wine. Pairs well with mature cheeses, steak and game dishes, mushrooms and truffles. Aging potential of 50 years or more.
Grape Varieties: 50% Piedirosso, 40% Aglianico, 10% Sciascinoso
Aging: 12 months in barriques and five years in bottle.
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.