Villa Dora Caprettone 2021
Caprettone is a Campanian variety that is usually grown around Mount Vesuvius. The variety makes up about 4/5 of their Lacryma Christi, but is here bottled unblended.
All of the vines at Villa Dora are ungrafted, due to the volcanic soil that comes from eruptions of Vesuvius; this is extremely rare in the world of wine generally. (The few vineyards in France that remain ungrafted are seen as national treasures, as is Quinto do Noval’s ‘Nacional’ vineyard in Portugal.)
Winemaking here is very straightforward, the fruit is pressed after about an hour of maceration, then fermented in stainless steel tanks at reduced temperature until dry. The wine is aged on the fine lees for at least 5 or 6 months and normally stays in the tank for about a year before bottling.
Region: Campania, Italy
Appellation: Vesuvio Caprettone DOC
Grapes: 100% Caprettone
Farming: Certified Organic
Age of vines: 70 year-old ungrafted vines
Maceration & Fermentation: The fruit is pressed after about an hour of maceration, then fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on the fine lees for at least 5 or 6 months
Aging: 12 months in tank, 5 months in bottle