6 Nov 2013
Mastroberardino's Taurasi back to 1952
The story of Taurasi, Campania's sturdy, long-lived red based on the Aglianico grape variety and often referred to as 'the Barolo of the South', cannot be told without mentioning the Mastroberardino family. It is not far-fetched to say that without Mastroberardino the wine would probably have remained a local speciality, because when in the 1960s whole swathes of Italy's vineyards were given over to high-yielding, insipid varieties to help reignite the Italian economy, the Mastroberardinos stubbornly clung to the indigenous Aglianico. And they have continued doing so since the estate's foundation in the 18th century.
That is not...