The Casa Setaro wines are all produced with grape varieties of local origin typical of the Vesuvian area in keeping with the cellar’s philosophy for the development of the territory. Caprettone (also known as Coda di Volpe del Vesuvio) and Falanghina, Piedirosso and Aglianico grow in our vineyards. And just to convey the importance of these vines, Massimo Setaro wanted a small didactic vineyard growing around the cellar where, vine row by row, wine tourists and enthusiasts who visit Casa Setaro can see the difference between each variety.
Caprettone (also known as Coda di Volpe del Vesuvio)
This white grape is typical of the slopes of Vesuvius and should not be confused with the Coda di Volpe more widely cultivated in the Campania region. The name may be inspired by the similarity of the each bunch of grapes to the beard of a goat. Others have it that it comes from the shepherds who fist started to cultivate this variety.
Caprettone is used in the production of Lacryma Christi Bianco and Spumante Brut Metodo Classico.
Aglianico is a vine of Greek origin which probably arrived in the VIII Century BC. According to some scholars the term ‘Aglianico’ derives from Hellenico or Hellanico, thus recalling its origins. During the Spanish reign the name was modified into ‘Aglianico’, taking on the Spanish pronunciation. Today it is widespread in Campania and Basilicata, and in some areas of Puglia and Molise, and it may be considered one of the most important red grape vines amongst the many varieties present in Italy.
Falanghina is an autochthonous vine producing white grapes widely cultivated in the Campania region and dating, in all probability to the Roman and perhaps even the Greek era. According to some this vine was used in the production of Falerno, a wine heald dear by the ancient Romans. The name may have been inspired by the ‘falanga’, a post used to prop up the vines.
Piedirosso is a native vine already widespread in Roman times – even Pliny spoke of it in his Naturalis Historiae – and it is typical, in particular, of the province of Naples, though it can also be found in other areas of Campania. Locally it is also known as Per’ and Palummo because of the colour which characterizes the rachis and ripe grape clusters, and the shades of pigeons’ legs.
It is the red grape variety typical of the Lacryma Christi Rosso del Vesuvio.