A fascinating stroll through vineyards of the Amalfi Coast
Friday, 11 October 2019
The Amalfi Coast is world-renowned for its excellent gastronomy, particularly, for certain local products such as handmade pasta, delicious pastries and liqueurs.
Maybe, not everyone is familiar with the wine-growing tradition of the coastal area, where, regardless of the limited availability of spaces, different types of grapes are being cultivated, from which top quality wines are produced.
Exploring these spots stands for a true and proper experience of discovery, which starts with a walk through vineyards along the coast, mainly, in these wine-producing areas: Ravello, Tramonti and Furore. The geographical configuration of this land features tiny spaces not directly exploitable because of the rocky nature of the landscape. For this reason, the growing of grapes is set up vertically on graduated terraces, obtained from the mountainous walls, which length on average no more than 5 meters. These small fields are located from 100 to 600 meters high, marked by relevant temperature changes. Factors of this kind such as the area’s climatic condition favours the growth of wine grapes and gives the wine that distinct mouthfeel.
A broad variety of grapes is cultivated along the Amalfi Coast.
Two of the noblest white wines are the ‘Ginestra’, named after the characteristic scent of broom; and the ‘Pepella’, a grape-variety typical of the hinterland. In addition, we have the ‘Ripolo’, not that much breeding vineyard, farmed solely in this region that until the second part of the 19TH century was located on the slopes of the Lattari Mountains in Pimonte, Gragnano and Castellammare.
Lastly, the ‘Fenile’. According to rural beliefs, this wine takes its name from the golden colour of the berries so similar to the hay. This wine variety is rather sugary and its vineyards are located in the town of Furore, Positano and Amalfi.
Regarding to red and rosé wines, the ‘Piedirosso’ and the ‘Tintore’ represent the main vineyards.
The first one is a legendary vineyard, dating back to the middle of the 19th century, mainly present in the area of Naples, but its grapes are farmed in the Amalfi Coast. Instead, the second one is typical of the hills of Tramonti and its grapes are grown using ‘pergolas’.
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