The winery of ancient roots: Regina Viarum

di Antonella Amodio 12/09/17
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La cantina dalle antiche radici: Regina Viarum

Located on the Appian Way, the Regina Viarum winery cultivates only Primitivo grapes with which it produces Falerno del Massico Rosso DOV and a rosé IGT. 

It has been 200 years since the Regina Viarum wine estate was created and well over 2,000 since the Romans built the ancient roadway known as the Appia Way (Via Appia) which was considered to be the regina viarum (queen of the roads) and universally recognized as the greatest engineering feat of the ancient world. The road, which still exists today, connects Rome to the city of Brindisi, at the heel of the Italian ‘boot’, and runs through an area known as ager falernum. Along this road is the town of Falciano Massico and the well-ordered rows of vines belonging to the Regina Viarum winery which produces a wine famous from the Roman era: Falerno.

This winery has been run with pride and passion by the same family for four generations and always with the same goal: to enhance the quality of the wine and the vineyards. Today Elda, with her children and husband, is running the winery full time. The estate – which for some time has been organic – has five hectares of vineyards and they are only cultivated with Primitivo grapes which are used to produce Falerno del Massico Rosso DOC, the only DOC appellation that allows for using two varietals, the other being Aglianico. Primitivo is considered to be a native grape because it has been cultivated here since the first half of the 19th century and has adapted well to the hot and dry climate on the southeast side of the Massico mountain, where the estate is located.

One of the estate’s vineyards, Vigna Barone, is just over a hectare in size but it is almost totally composed of rootstocks that are centuries old and for this reason the Viticoltori del Tempo VI.TE (Winegrowers in Time) association and the Osservatorio Appenino Meridionale (Southern Apennine Observatory) of the University of Salerno have given it the prestigious recognition of being a “Vigne Storiche e/o Viti Monumentali” (Historic vineyard and/or Monumental Vines), the qualification for which involves not only the age of the vines but also the cultural, historic and natural attributes of the area.

The Regina Viarum winery produces some 20,000 bottles a year subdivided into three reds and an interesting rosé, each displaying the characteristics of the varietal and the territory. In the future they plan to produce a Falerno del Massico Bianco.

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