In the Naples and the Amalfi Coast episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy visits a unique vineyard protected by the region’s volcanic soil.
Just inland from the Amalfi Coast, the town of Tramonti is unique in the viticultural world for its prephylloxera vines. In the 19th century, 90% of European grapevines were destroyed by a small insect called phylloxera. But the vines on this patch of land were protected by the volcanic soil and survived. Visit Tenuta San Francesco to try the wines made from these vines. San Francesco’s Ginestra vines are among the rarest of Tramonti’s indigenous varieties, and their presence was first recorded in 1825. Reserve ahead for a tasting or lunch. There are also two B&B rooms for rent. For more information, visit: www.vinitenutasanfrancesco.it
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