Terredora di Paolo
Since 1978 TERREDORA has been a key player in Campania’s viticultural renaissance. Combining experience and tradition, TERREDORA has introduced in its own historic, indigenous vineyards modern innovations, technical knowledge, and a team dedicated to respecting and promoting the return to traditional viticulture, a most qualified tradition.In Campania the history of men is intimately linked to vines; TERREDORA’s commitment is to filling the glass with the taste of this fascinating and generous land, thanks to the benefits of volcanoes and the sun. After World War II, Walter Mastroberardino, a resolute southern man who is now head of TERREDORA, began to carry his bottles around Italy, starting from Milan.
The cellar was built in Montefusco for vinifying the grapes of the family estate, which dates back to 1978 when Irpinia was characterized predominantly by its wildness. The family has always had the direct control of all production steps, which has ensured overall quality, guaranteeing great final wines. TERREDORA is a more twenty year success story that has also, sadly, seen the passing of Dora and the early death, in 2013, of Lucio, the company winemaker. Lucio was just a boy when he started his career, and in 2006 he quickly rose to fame, gaining attention in London for his nomination for “Winemaker of the Year” in the white wines category at the “ International Wine Challenge”.
The winery nestled in the enchanting landscape of Serra in Montefusco, in Avellino province, which is the most hilly and mountainous among the 5 districts of Campania. Set on the ridgeline which divide Sabato river valley from Calore, Its architecture has been studied to be functional to the working processes involved in it, even if, often it turns into a nice receiving facility for the annual wine events. The winery is in Montefusco not by chance but due to the presence of own estates in Santa Paolina, Montefusco, Montemiletto, Montefalcione, Lapio; neighbouring places which mark a sort of “wine route” among the 3 Irpinia’s Docg areas: Greco di Tufo, Taurasi e Fiano di Avellino.
If Montefusco has a strategical position today, it is thanks to its centrality regarding the most relevant wine production areas of Campania, while, in the past its importance was political and military; it has been the Capital of Principato Ultra until 1806, when French rulers changed the administrative set up of provinces, Montefusco was considered an uncomfortable place to get to and too little for keeping its relevant political position. Its following decline damaged the economy, which started going up again only during 1970s, thanks to the recognition of DOC and DOCG in 2003 of Greco di Tufo.
The South of Italy is one of the most interesting wine areas of the world. Campania, especially the sub region of Irpinia, produces wines from native varieties such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco and Falanghina, which can compare and compete with the best in the world.
Along the hills of Irpinia, surrounding the valleyes of Sabato and Calore rivers is located Terredora di Paolo estate which, thanks about 500 acres of vineyards, is now among the most prestigious producers from Southern Italy. Although not too far from the Gulf of Naples, Pompei, Amalfi and Sorrento, Irpinia is the inland of Campania region: hilly, mountainous and characterized by continental climate; this is the perfect pedo-climatic environment for producing high quality wines, tradition started by Greeks and Romans more over than 3000 years ago. In fact, Irpinia is a silent and rough area nestled in the Apennines in the heart of Campania. Its landscape is a rolling succession of mountains, hills and upland plains divided by rivers and covered with lush vegetation.
The identity of Terredora di Paolo wines is that of being a precious fruit of nature that skillful hands support”. Terredora di Paolo’s vineyards consist of volcanic soils rich in limestone and clay, and enjoy the southern exposure with an excellent microclimate, on windy hills (400-650 meters above sea level). With approximately 3,500 vines per hectare, trained with the traditional Guyot system, the annual production is around 60 hectoliter/hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in small baskets with a minimal time span between the removal of the grapes from the stem to the press. The indigenous white grapes grown are Greco, Fiano, Falanghina and the reds grapes are Aglianico and Piedirosso.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
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