Updated: Dec 5, 2020
La Sibilla Winery
It’s May 1st in italy. Labor Day. The weather is nice and sunny and the temperatures are those beautiful ones that only this time of the year can give us. Driving through the gorgeous hills of the Campi Flegrei Around Pozzuoli. Passing through a country side with breathtaking views of the sea and the islands that surround the bay of Naples.
We decided to stop at the Winery “ la Sibilla” ( a mythological figure from the Greeks and Roman times).
Vincenzo and his wife Michela welcomed us. Her hospitality was just superb. We walked through the vineyard near the winery to the top of the hill, we passed ancient Roman ruins overlooking the lake and the sea. The winery has more than 10 ha spread through the area, the vines are un grafted..due to the volcanic and sandy soil. As we walked up the hill their poppy Freddy was happily following us. We visited an ancient wine cellar with oak barrels aging their Piedirosso wines ( Pier e Palumm. In Neapolitan dialect). The view from there was just astonishing in a gorgeous day of May 1st ( Labor Day in Italy). Most of the area we visited was Falanghina grapes, for a Campi Flegrei DOC wines. The vines were just starting to flower with the hope of a perfect 2019 vintage.
As we reached to top of the hill we could also see the other part of the Pozzuoli Bay and in the distance Mt Vesuvius. The old Aragon Castle was also in front of us. The walk just reminded me how beautiful the areas covered by vineyards are. Michela was very knowledgeable, an architect turned into a winemaker at her very young age. As we came back to the winery, Vincenzo offered us a tasting of their wines. We tried their crus of Falanghina and Piedirosso sitting outside with the sun caressing our faces. They were excellent wines. As soon as I will have a proper tasting I will publish my notes. The winery produces roughly 80000 bottles of which more than 30% exported to USA and particularly in California ( this pleasantly surprised me ) and of course New York. Most of their production is exported overseas. I bought few of their bottles ( as I always do when I visit wineries around the world) to add to my collection for future tasting. The winery had also a great tasting room with a full working kitchen for parties. As we left we discussed the possibility of the wine voyager getting involved in teaching some master classes on Campania wine production to the NATO clients who frequently visit the winery. A great day