Last week, the Campania Stories 2018 promotional series kicked off in Naples. Campania Stories is a series of events aimed at promoting the region's wines in the Campania Region. This year, for the first time, 18 wine companies from the neighboring Basilicata region were invited to participate in the event to drive the prosperity of southern Italian wines. A total of 86 wine companies and wineries participated in the two-day tasting event, with the professional services of sommeliers from the Campania branch of the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS Campania).
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Campania is the most populous region in southern Italy, located in the southern foothills of the Apennines, bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the capital city of Naples as a historic seaport. Campania was once a colony of ancient Greece, and the history of local winemaking dates back thousands of years to the ancient Greek period. The main indigenous grape varieties are also ancient, including red varieties such as Aglianico, Piedirosso, and white varieties such as Fiano, Falanghina and Greco. Modern Campanians use these ancient varieties, grown in the unique terroir of the region, to produce impressive high quality wines that are gaining more and more popularity among wine lovers around the world, propelling Campania gradually to the world stage as a wine region.
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Currently, the Campania Region has a total area of 25,000 hectares under vine, with 4 Guaranteed Appellations (DOCG) and 15 Appellations (DOC).In 2017, the Campania Region was the only Italian region to achieve an increase in grape production, with a 5% increase over 2016, showing a more optimistic momentum.
The province of Benevento, in the northeast of the Campania region, has the most developed wine industry in the region. Centered in Sannio, the province has 11,000 hectares of vineyards, accounting for nearly half of the region"s vineyard area. The province of Benevento has about 7,900 wineries and wine companies, 100 bottling plants, and an annual production of 100 million liters of wine for the entire region. Numerous wine regions are distributed here, including Aglianico del Taburno DOCG, Greco di Tufo DOCG, Sannio DOC, Versuvio DOC, Irpinia DOC, Falanghina del Sannio DOC and Benevento IGP.
Libero Rillo, president of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Sannio, said: "We recognize that in the face of climate change, changes in biology and biodynamics are needed. In order to cope with the various adverse climatic conditions, the solution can only be to conduct research on sustainable development. Therefore, we have launched the Progetto BioSannio project to establish dialogue and cooperation between winemakers, universities, research centers and local governments in order to achieve sustainable development.
Immediately to the southeast of the Campania region, Basilicata currently has about 2,000 hectares under vine, which is a significant reduction from the 4,500 hectares registered in 2014. Nearly three quarters of Basilicata's vineyards are located in Potenza, with another 500 hectares in Matera. The main native grape varieties in Basilicata are also Aglianico red grapes and Malvasia Binaca di Basilicata, a native white grape variety. At present, Basilicata has one DOCG (Guaranteed Appellation), the Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG, and four DOCs. Compared to Campania, Basilicata is lagging behind in the development of its wine industry and still has no regional wine promotion activities.