Aversano Alberata Vines

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Campania

Wines and grape varietals

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Alberata is a grapevine cultivation system that has been typical of the Agro Aversano landscape, around the town of Aversa between Naples and Caserta, for millennia.
Also known locally as vite maritata, these “married vines” are hard to imagine until you have seen them for yourself: Huge, ancient plants stretch from one poplar tree to another, reaching up to 10 meters tall and filling the space between the trees with a wall of branches, leaves and fruit. The vines are “married” to the poplar trees with taut lines of galvanized iron wire.
The arrangement of the alberata vines often follows Roman centuriation, the system used to organize agricultural land in antiquity. But the tradition of growing grapevines supported by poplars dates back even further, to the Etruscans. This solution was an effective use of the land, sending the vines upwards into the sky and leaving the ground free for other crops.
These impressive green walls are the basis for a unique winegrowing culture: the vines are pruned following specific alberata rules, which maintains the architecture of the plants, and the grapes are harvested using a scalillo, a long, narrow and lightweight ladder which can be transported by a single man. The picker moves along the vine wall, placing bunches of grapes into a fescina, a conical wicker basket. When dropped rapidly the pointed base wedges into the ground and stops the basket from tipping over.
Only one variety is grown using the alberata system, Asprinio, a white grape with elongated, tapering bunches and a slightly tart flavor. As well as the cultivation technique, it also gets its character from the mineral-rich soil here, just north of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area, and the tufaceous rock (Campanian ignimbrite). Over the centuries, many caves have been carved out of this rock and used to store foods and wine. Still today, the caves, together with the alberata vines, represent an incredible historical heritage for the entire Aversano area.

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The grapes are harvested from the alberata vines in September

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In the 1960s, the area between the provinces of Naples and Caserta was planted with around 16,000 hectares of alberata vines, but now less than 200 hectares remain. The alberata vines are scattered around the area in small plots, often no bigger than one hectare.
Population growth and widespread urbanization have led to the abandonment of this technique, and now even the remaining alberata vines are under threat.
The few surviving producers, with their small plots spread out over a large area, make wine for their own consumption or increasingly sell the grapes, meaning the extraordinary value of this cultivation system is lost in the production chain.
The Presidium was started to try to prevent the extinction of this system, preserving the vineyards and their traditions, salvaging abandoned alberata vines and saving those at risk of being dug up due to a lack of restrictions or any specific legislation from local authorities. Its other objective is to develop and promote the production of wine made only from alberata-grown grapes in order to give value to the entire system.

Production area
Aversa, Carinaro, Casal di Principe, Casaluce, Casapesenna, Cesa, Frignano, Gricignano di Aversa, Lusciano, Orta di Atella, Parete, San Cipriano di Aversa, San Marcellino, Sant' Arpino, Succivo, Teverola, Trentola-Ducenta, Villa di Briano and Villa Literno municipalities in Caserta province and Giugliano, Qualiano and Sant' Antimo in Naples province, Campania region

Supported by
“La mia Terra Vale” (“My land has value”) project in response to the “Giovani per i Beni Pubblici” (“Youth for Public Goods”) public announcement funded by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department of Youth and National Civil Service
Producers

Aia delle Monache
di Caterina Verzillo
S.P. 327 Km 1,700
Castel Campagnano (Ce)
Tel. +39 338 1162318
info@aiadellemonache.it

Alberata Arena Cesa
di Immacolata Rao
Località Arena Cesa
Cesa (Ce)
Tel. +39 333 7592594
oliva.audeno@hotmail.it

Azienda Vinicola Cavasete
di Giuseppe Luongo
Via Villa, 10
Succivo (Ce)
Tel. +39 331 9481695
info@cavasete.it

I Borboni
di Nicola Numeroso
Vico Enrico De Nicola, 7
Lusciano (Ce)
Tel. +39 366 1188720
info@iborboni.it
www.iborboni.it

Cooperativa Sociale Eureka Onlus
Via Po, 12
San Cipriano D’Aversa (Ce)
Tel. +39 328 7949712
info.cooperative@libero.it

Cooperativa Sociale Terra Felix
Via Marconi, 77
Sant’Arpino (Ce)
Tel. +39 320 2681462
comunicazione@terrafelix.eu
www.terrafelix.it

Antonio Fontana
Contrada Paduli, 19
Pietrelcina (Bn)
Tel. +39 338 8638844
info@tenutafontana.com

Raffaele Magliulo
Via Generoso Manna, 29
Frignano (Ce)
Tel. +39 342 5011258
magliulovini@gmail.com
www.vinimagliulo.com

Masseria Campito
di Claudia De Martino
Via Casolla, 55
Gricignano di Aversa (Ce)
Tel.+39 340 5828024
info@masseriacampito.it

Nicola Giovanni Migliaccio
Via San Donato, 23
Orta di Atella (Ce)
Tel. +39 320 8863072
nicolagiovannimigliaccio@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Nicola Giovanni Migliaccio
Tel. 320 8863072
nicolagiovannimigliaccio@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Francesco Pascale
Tel. 320 2681462
f.pascale@terrafelix.eu
In the 1960s, the area between the provinces of Naples and Caserta was planted with around 16,000 hectares of alberata vines, but now less than 200 hectares remain. The alberata vines are scattered around the area in small plots, often no bigger than one hectare.
Population growth and widespread urbanization have led to the abandonment of this technique, and now even the remaining alberata vines are under threat.
The few surviving producers, with their small plots spread out over a large area, make wine for their own consumption or increasingly sell the grapes, meaning the extraordinary value of this cultivation system is lost in the production chain.
The Presidium was started to try to prevent the extinction of this system, preserving the vineyards and their traditions, salvaging abandoned alberata vines and saving those at risk of being dug up due to a lack of restrictions or any specific legislation from local authorities. Its other objective is to develop and promote the production of wine made only from alberata-grown grapes in order to give value to the entire system.

Production area
Aversa, Carinaro, Casal di Principe, Casaluce, Casapesenna, Cesa, Frignano, Gricignano di Aversa, Lusciano, Orta di Atella, Parete, San Cipriano di Aversa, San Marcellino, Sant' Arpino, Succivo, Teverola, Trentola-Ducenta, Villa di Briano and Villa Literno municipalities in Caserta province and Giugliano, Qualiano and Sant' Antimo in Naples province, Campania region

Supported by
“La mia Terra Vale” (“My land has value”) project in response to the “Giovani per i Beni Pubblici” (“Youth for Public Goods”) public announcement funded by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – Department of Youth and National Civil Service
Producers

Aia delle Monache
di Caterina Verzillo
S.P. 327 Km 1,700
Castel Campagnano (Ce)
Tel. +39 338 1162318
info@aiadellemonache.it

Alberata Arena Cesa
di Immacolata Rao
Località Arena Cesa
Cesa (Ce)
Tel. +39 333 7592594
oliva.audeno@hotmail.it

Azienda Vinicola Cavasete
di Giuseppe Luongo
Via Villa, 10
Succivo (Ce)
Tel. +39 331 9481695
info@cavasete.it

I Borboni
di Nicola Numeroso
Vico Enrico De Nicola, 7
Lusciano (Ce)
Tel. +39 366 1188720
info@iborboni.it
www.iborboni.it

Cooperativa Sociale Eureka Onlus
Via Po, 12
San Cipriano D’Aversa (Ce)
Tel. +39 328 7949712
info.cooperative@libero.it

Cooperativa Sociale Terra Felix
Via Marconi, 77
Sant’Arpino (Ce)
Tel. +39 320 2681462
comunicazione@terrafelix.eu
www.terrafelix.it

Antonio Fontana
Contrada Paduli, 19
Pietrelcina (Bn)
Tel. +39 338 8638844
info@tenutafontana.com

Raffaele Magliulo
Via Generoso Manna, 29
Frignano (Ce)
Tel. +39 342 5011258
magliulovini@gmail.com
www.vinimagliulo.com

Masseria Campito
di Claudia De Martino
Via Casolla, 55
Gricignano di Aversa (Ce)
Tel.+39 340 5828024
info@masseriacampito.it

Nicola Giovanni Migliaccio
Via San Donato, 23
Orta di Atella (Ce)
Tel. +39 320 8863072
nicolagiovannimigliaccio@gmail.com
Producers’ Presidium coordinator
Nicola Giovanni Migliaccio
Tel. 320 8863072
nicolagiovannimigliaccio@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator
Francesco Pascale
Tel. 320 2681462
f.pascale@terrafelix.eu

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StateItaly
RegionCampania

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