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Villa dei Misteri red IGT


In 2001 there was the first conspicuos harvest, the first wine-making and the refinement in wood of the first wine at the ancient Pompeii, product in just 1721 bottles.

The project was born in 1996, when the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei confered to the factory Mastroberardino, one of the most prestigious and ancient Italian wine cellars, the charge to restore the viticulture in the ancient city of Pompeii.  

The wine, in fact, had an important role in the life of the Vesuvian populations. The archaeological investigations, the botanical studies and the survey of the casts of the roots of the grapevines and the relative stakes of support (that the big eruption of 79 AD has “immortalized” forever) have also confirmed this crop inside the surrounding town-walls, in the gardens that adorned the houses, but especially in those peripheral districts around the Amphitheater.


Here, with the same techniques of cultivation before the big eruption, have been installed the autochtonous vines Piedirosso and Sciascinoso, selected on the escort of archaeological recoveries, botanical, bibliographical and iconographical studies conducted on the ancient Pompeian frescos.

Within the vineyard of the Foro Boario, the greatest one, in front of the ruins of the Amphitheater and next to the Palæstra (Gymnasium), there’s the ancient vinary cell: a small building with 10 buried doli, big containers in terracotta where the trial of the wine-making took place. 

From official classification, Villa dei Misteri is a red Pompeiano IGT. The grapes is constituted by Piedirosso for 90% and Sciascinoso for 10%. The vintage took place in the second half October of 2001. It has been distilled for twelve months in barrique and for others 6 months in bottle. The perfume is complex, ample, intense and persistent, with spiced signs and of wood fruits. The taste is winding, balanced, structured.

On 29th of April 2003 has been organized at the Hotel Cavalieri Hilton in Rome a presentation of the project and the tasting of the wine, directed by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (Ais).

In that occasion has been banished an auction conducted by an experienced auctioneer of Finarte-Semenzato whose proceeds will be reinvested for the restauration of the ancient vinary cell in the vineyard of the Foro Boario.

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