Lacryma Christi Rosso, or tears of Christ, is one of the most traditional wines from Campania. There are many stories of how Lacryma Christi received its name. One legend tells that when Jesus was ascending to Heaven, he glanced down at the earth, saw the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius and wept tears of joy at its beauty. Those tears fell on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and vines miraculously grew in their place. Another story is based on winemaking techniques used by local monks in Campania. Lacryma Christi has been produced since the Roman Empire and as the monks didn’t have any filtering equipment, juice was instead passed through a canvas. As the wine fell drop-by-drop through the material, it was said to look like tears.
Production Area: Directly around the great Mount Vesuvius vines are planted in volcanic soil. From vines ranging from 15 – 25 year-old planted at 2,000 – 4,500 vines per hectare.
Grape Varieties: Piedirosso and Aglianico
Vinification: Grape bunches are hand-harvested in mid-late September. The juice is cold-fermented in stainless steel vats for two to three weeks.
Colour: Ruby red
Bouquet: Notes of freshly picked red berries
Taste: Smooth and fresh with sweet tannins, medium bodied and rich with black fruit flavours, spices and hints of oak. Finishes with a confident, fruit laced flourish.
Serving Suggestions: Complements spicy meats and creamy or cheese sauces with pasta. Superb with a baked muscovada, mustard and balsamic basted ham with cloves.