B-21 Top Recommendation
Campania – the "shin of the boot" – has something of a storied history with wine, dating to the 12th century, BC. Ancient grape varieties such as Aglianico, Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, Piedirosso, and Coda di Volpe date to the Greek colonization period and Roman rule of Campania and its capital city of Naples. And since the mid-18th century, in the ancient town of Atripalda – part of Avellino, among the most important zones for wine in all of Italy – the Mastroberardino family have safeguarded the historical importance of these ancient varietals and the Avellino zone. Pietro di Mastro Berardino established the family business in 1750, earning the professional title of "Mastro" as testament to his skill in quality winemaking. Ten generations have carried this moniker, with the current head of the family – and master winemaker – Piero Mastroberardino now in charge after the recent passing of beloved family patriarch, Antonio (his father). The Mastroberardino estate vineyards are planted to the most important sites throughout Avellino and beyond, with their holdings in Taurasi the most important in the DOCG. First bottled in 1878, rechristened "Radici" ("roots") in 1986, this is unquestionably the family flagship.