Villa dei Misteri: the wine of Ancient Pompeii #143
The wine that has no analogues in the world
This unique project was started by prominent wine-maker Antonio Mastroberardino, whom friends jokingly called a grape archeologist. He came from a family of wine-makers and deeply studied the history, methods and principles of archeology. One of the most important achievement of the wine estate owned by him was the revival of autochthonic grape varieties, the Greek heritage of Campania, where Aglianico, Fiano and Greco are the leading varieties.
The business of Antonio Mastroberardino was continued by his son Piero, a winemaker and teacher at the Wine Academy, who revived the vineyards of ancient varieties right in the territory of the museum complex in Pompeii. Now, in this historic place, grapes are grown, from which the legendary wine Villa dei Misteri Pompeiano IGT is thereupon created that has become the pride of that great family. It should be emphasized that this wine has no analogues in the world.
Revival of ancient varieties
The indigenous vines in Irpinia and Campania have been cultivated by the Mastroberardino family since the 1990s. Maximum attention was paid to the varieties whose origin dates back to the Greek period of colonization and Roman times. These varieties include Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, Piedirosso and Coda di Volpe. Even after the wave of phylloxera, Antonio Mastroberardino collected the intact vines of varieties from different territories in order to preserve the wine heritage for future generations.
Vineyards risen from the ashes
Back in 1996, the family of winemakers was granted permission to conduct research in the territory of Pompeii, covered with ashes. The purpose of this project was to study the ancient processes of winemaking, to search for, and revive, the vines of ancient varieties, from which the then wine was created, and to revive such vines in our reality. After analyzing the planting of vines on the experimental plots, it was decided to cultivate two grape varieties Piedirosso and Sciascinoso. A blend of these varieties (90%/10% respectively) became the wine Villa dei Misteri.
Villa dei Misteri: the abode of Bacchus
Finally, in 2001, Villa dei Misteri, the wine named after a magnificent villa, where ceremonies were held in honor of Bacchus, the god of wine, was created as a result of implementation of a long-term unique project!
The historical object in the territory of Pompeii Villa dei Misteri (“Villa of Secrets”) was discovered in 1902. It took several decades to restore the building, but it was worth it: the walls were decorated with colorful, antique frescoes consisting of 29 drawings in chronological order, and even in actual size. They reflect the rite after which the Villa was named.
The collector’s and wine tourist’s dream
The first release of Villa dei Misteri wine took place under the patronage of the President of Italy. The release consisted of just over 1,700 bottles, so we recommend that collectors pay attention to this amazing wine. In addition, it should be emphasized that visiting Pompeii vineyards closed for mass tourism is an incredible, unforgettable attraction.
Piero Mastroberardino: winemaking and creativity
The entrepreneurial and professional activities of Piero Mastroberardino, the current president of the company, are not limited to the production of wines. His life is also linked with art and poetry. His two novels, Umano Errare and Giro di Vite,and two collections of poetry: All’origine dei sensi and Frammenti, were published yet in 2011. It should be pointed out that his paintings are available in private collections and at open exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2015, he has been President of the Institute of the Italian Quality Wine Grandi Marchi.
The winemakers are developing the field of enotourism, offering travelers such facilities in Mirabella Eclano: Radici ResortHotel, Morabianca Restaurant, and The Wine Cellar club, where everyone is welcome to taste the exceptional wines.