The Vesuvio Winery – Cantine del Vesuvio – was found in 1948, by Giovanni Russo on the volcanic slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
Giovanni’s son, Maurizio, began working at a young age in the family business, starting out as a humble field hand. After years of working in the winery, Maurizio decided to make a change: 18 years ago he opened his doors for visits and tastings, invested in improving the quality of the wines, and limited distribution exclusively to the winery shop.
Cantina del Vesuvio grows Caprettone and Piedirosso varieties, which are among the oldest grapes cultivated, dating to before the Ancient Romans. The Piedirosso vines are trained on Guyot trellises, and the Caprettone vines are trained in the Pergola Vesuviana style, to protect them from the sun.
This unique varietal has been produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since Roman times; indeed the Ancient poet Martial wrote: “Bacchus loved these hills more than his native hills of Nisa”. The name Lacryma Christi can be traced to a number of legends, including one in which Christ, recognizing the Gulf of Naples as a piece of heaven stolen by Lucifer when he was cast out, grieved the loss with tears. Grape vines sprung from the earth where they fell, creating the Lacryma Christi variety from which this smooth yet bold wine is now made. Lacryma Christi was awarded D.O.C. recognition in 1983.
Winery visits and tastings
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm; Saturday 8am – 3pm; Sunday 10am – 1pm
Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm (last reservation); Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm (last reservation).
2 classes every day: 9am and 2pm.
Closed Sundays in January and February
Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Cantina del Vesuvio
Via Tirone della Guardia, 18
80040 Trecase (NA) Italy
Tel. +39 081 536 90 41