Nola discovers itself as a “City of Wine”

Fantastic tasting yesterday November 19 in downtown Nola

The city of Nola is essentially known for two reasons.

First, to be the birthplace of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher burned at the stake in Rome, in Campo de Fiori, having theorized the plurality of the worlds. Secondly, to be the city that annually celebrates the Festa dei Gigli, a feast in honor of its bishop Paolino. He was originally from Bordeaux in France and is revered as a saint by the Catholic Church.

It would be too easy to talk about Nola by associating it with one or the other, especially at the aforementioned party. In fact, the citizens of Nola are very proud of this, often challenging themselves in trials of strength between what the Giglio bears it every year.

In fact, the Feast takes a lot of the inhabitants of the City. The lilies are, in fact, wooden structures over 20 meters high, carried on the shoulder by 120 people each.

Conducting them to celebrate a saint, therefore, is a source of great pride for the nolani.

Today, however, we want to rediscover the Vesuvio wine together with this city, since Nola was the venue for an event to discover this particular category of wines. The meeting was organized by the Italian Sommelier Association of Vesuvio.

Nola is not part of any particular area, and, in fact, the city is well known to be a place of cultivation of hazelnuts, from which is obtained an excellent nougat, one of the symbols of the feast of St. Felice, protector of the city, whose feast is celebrated every November 15th.

The Wine Tasting

Several products were put in tasting, partly inside and partly outside the City Hall, but all of companies came from Vesuvius, one of the wine areas closest to the city center.

Inside, the Lacrymanero of the Olivella Cellars of Sant’Anastasia was proposed, in addition to the white and red Munazei Lachryma Christi of the Casa Setaro Winery. Also present was the Lachryma Christi of the Cantina Sorrentino of Boscoreale.

Inside, the most varied choice: from the Pompeiano Bianco IGT of the Bosco de ‘Medici Farm of Pompeii up to the Lachryma Christi of Fiore Romano of Ottaviano.

In the midst of these products of excellence, even some more mediocre production, some of which on the nose had a more constructed olfactory outfit.

Among these, it is worth mentioning those made with exogenous yeasts, which gave the wine a hint of banana. But there were also some who had developed a scent of water for governing the olives, a secondary aroma that was not really pleasant.

Very balanced and harmonious, with excellent hints of flowers and minerality typical of the volcanic soils of Vesuvius was instead the Red Crater of Cantine Astroni. It was a true excellence that we tasted outside the City, in the beautiful scenery of the town square.

Personalities present at the Tasting Event

The seminar, directed by Ernesto Lamatta Delegate Ais, availed itself of the presence of the mayor Geremia Biancardi, the Councilor Michele Cutolo and the Deputy Paolo Russo.

Many information provided by the Ais delegate were on the olfactory profile of Vesuvio wines, together with many historical curiosities of the territory, such as the one that saw the US billionaire Paul Getty realize his magnificent villa in Malibu on the style of the Villa dei Papiri di Ercolano.

Ercolano, in particular, was mentioned for being one of the wine cities of antiquity, one of the main ports of Campania, from which many wines made from grapes of the area, reached every corner of the Empire.

The tasting was free: for 2.50 euros, however, it was possible to hold the glass with the shoulder strap.

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