A Hidden Side of Italian Wine, From Vesuvius' Foothills: Il Verro's Lautonis
In the foothills of Vesuvius, Cesare Avenia farms a grape with mysterious origins: Casavecchia.
From this rare grape — rumored by locals to have been brought back from the brink of extinction by a single vine — he makes a piquant, beautifully balanced red called Lautonis.
Making wine from Campania’s lesser-known varieties is a labor of love. While these old, pre-phylloxera, vines deliver heightened concentration and depth--their yields are incredibly small. Cesare is one of a handful of producers working with these hidden gems.
Lautonis comes from organically farmed fruit, grown on high altitude, volcanic sandy slopes.
Naples, just a stone's throw away from Cesare's vines, is a great place to grab a pizza.