Cantina del Vesuvio

We look to the future while staying rooted in our past

Organic production

In 1948, just as Italy was recovering from World War II, Giovanni Russo founded his small family winery on the volcanic slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

At the time, wine was trasported to Naples by horse-drawn wagon, where small, rural vintners sold their wines to larger merchants, who then supplied shops and restaurants around the city.

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.

Organic products

Organic production

Respect for the land and its wines

We have been using organic methods since 1996, fertilizing this sandy, volcanic soil exclusively with organic products and treating the vines only with copper sulfate and sulfur. We can recently obtained all the necessary certifications to officially produce organic wines. Our wines do not contain sulfites.

Organic production

Limited production

Each year we produce only a limited number of bottles from Caprettone, Piedirosso, Aglianico, and Falanghina grapes, using both traditional and organic agricultural methods.

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Organic production

Direct sales

We have chosen to make our wines and other products available to our customers for purchase exclusively in our winery shop or through our website, cutting out the middle man.

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Organic production

Winery visits

We were among the first wineries in southern Italy to offer tours and tastings,and today we are one of the most popular for both for the quality of our wines and the gorgeous scenery.

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Our wines and other organic products

We produce wines and distillates in one of the world's most ancient wine countries...it's not by chance that the Romans believed that Bacchus, god of wine, inhabited the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Our wines recall ancient times, with a bold but simple body.

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Technical information about Cantina del Vesuvio

  • Hectares of vineyard: 12 owned + 3 leased
  • Oenologist: Antonio Pesce
  • Agronomist: Arturo Erbaggio
  • Vine training and density: Guyot for Piedirosso, Pergola Vesuviana for Caprettone. Around 4000 vines/hectare for both Piedirosso and Caprettone
  • Soil composition: sandy, volcanic, potassium rich
  • Yield in kg/vine: 1.7 for Caprettone and 1.2 for Piedirosso
  • Vineyard exposure: south to southwest
  • Vineyard planting date: 1996
  • Average altitude: 220-265 meters above sea level
  • Agricultural labor: mechanical cutting only
  • Fertilizers: manure and organic mineral
  • Treatments: copper sulfate and sulfur
  • Agricultural method: certified organic
  • Yeasts: indigenous
  • Grape varieties grown: Piedirosso, Caprettone, and Aglianico
  • Other products: extra virgin olive oil from Vesuvius, apricot distillate, Lacryma Christi vinegar condiment
"The best way to experience one of the oldest wine countries in the world is to visit in person, and sample the simple yet bold wines...straightforward and perfect to pair with any meal. A visit here is both a pleasure and a journey of discovery: explore the vineyard and gardens and savor a heaping plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce - one of the most humble yet most delicious dishes in history - against the backdrop of the sweeping view".
Luciano Pignataro, gourmet writer

The winery

Our aging silos are located inside the winery, where the entire winemaking process from grape to bottle takes place. Our grapes are not transported long distances after harvest, but go from fruit to must to wine right here at Cantina del Vesuvio.

Lacryma Christi

The vineyards

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.