The volcanic soils
The volcanic soils of the Vesuvius area are predominantly loose and rich in black sands. The reason lies in the fact that the eruptions of this volcano are typically explosive and not magmatic – as in the case of volcanoes such as Etna and Stromboli. After the explosions of the volcano, ash, sand and lapilli were deposited on the ground. Even today, when walking through the Casa Setaro vineyards, the feet slip and sink into the black, volcanic sandand it’s possible to see the black and grey lapilli all around.
In particular, the soils are rich in minerals, potassium, iron, phosphorus and silica – unsurprisingly, the Vesuvius area is one of the richest in minerals on our planet. These characteristics give the Casa Setaro wines a unique mineral quality. It is precisely because of this unique terroir that viticulture has developed with such importance in the area around Mount Vesuvius since the arrival of the first Greeks from Thessaly. The slopes of Vesuvius became the most important areas for the production of wine in Republican and Imperial Rome. It was not by chance that prior to the 79 AD eruption Pompeii with its port was a point of reference for the wine trade throughout the ancient world.