Southern Maestros

The Mastroberardino family helped spark a quality revolution in the high hills of Campania
Robert Camuto
Issue: October 31, 2013

The cradle of southern Italy's Campania region's modern quality revolution is centered in the upland vineyard district known as Irpinia, which lies about 25 miles east of Naples, and has been led until recently by the Mastroberardino family and its 85-year-old winemaking patriarch, Antonio Mastroberardino. His steadfast belief in the uniqueness of the local soils for growing Irpinia's native grapes—and their ability to make complex, ageworthy wines—has been critical to the area's success. Wine Spectator's Robert Camuto explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 1, 2013.

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