Irpinia is, without a doubt, a great land for red wine (but also for white wines). Also known as the province of Avellino, north of Naples, it’s the home of Aglianico, its most important red vine and the source of the most structured wines on the market. Such grapes are particularly suited for cultivation in the Taurasi Docg territory, which employs them in order to produce an excellent southern Italian red wine: the Taurasi, which some oenological critics have described as “Barolo of the South”.
There is a particular kind of red grape called Piedirosso considered a small metter or, more precisely, it was useless by the native varieties of Campania, until few years ago.
The wine made by this grape was almost exclusively used as a blending wine because it isn’t much tannic, so it was more difficult realize softer and less aggressive full-bodied and structured wines such as Aglianico.