The Bourbon Land Register records the Mastroberardino family as being involved in winemaking in Campania as far back as the early 18th century. A total of ten generations of the family have since made wine in and around the town of Atripalda in Irpiana, a remote area of Campania, situated 30km from Naples, in the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Today, Mastroberardino is one of the most historic and highly respected wine dynasties in Italy, famed for their production of DOCGs: Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi. Since the mid-1990s, the company has been led by vintner Piero Mastroberardino who took over the helm of the business from his father, Antonio. Mastroberardino produces over 2.5 million bottles of wines per year and boasts more than 200 hectares of vineyards across 14 estates throughout Irpiana, allowing the development and protection of indigenous varieties and ancient vineyards, a philosophy that the winery pioneered in Campania. Of particular note is the Villa dei Misteri vineyard located within the ancient archeological site of Pompeii and, according to records, where vines stood prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 B.C. In 1996, Mastroberardino, in recognition of their work to promote indigenous grape varieties, were authorised by the Soprintendenza Archeologica of Pompeii to plant a vineyard (approx 200 sq metres in area, across 2 sites) using ancient Roman grape varieties. After experimentation with different vines, it was found that two which thrived on the sites (Regio I and Regio II) were Piedirosso and Sciascinoso. The first wine produced from the ancient vineyards of Pompeii was released in 2001 under the name ‘Villa dei Misteri’ and we are delighted to include the 2009 vintage in our Mastroberardino range. Proceeds from the sale of this wine supports, the restoration of the ancient wine cellar at Foro Bario, one of Pompeii’s most impressive sites. Of the 14 estates, the principal one is Mirabella Eclano. Located in the heart of the Taurasi DOCG, Mirabella Eclano encompasses 65 hectares of hillside vineyards, the wine cellar and the luxurious Radici resort.