Our vineyards can be found east of the still-active volcano Mount Vesuvius which has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash.
The buildings and artifacts left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world. Including their love for Falernian wine produced from Aglianico grapes on the slopes of Mount Falernus near the border Campania. Falernian wine became the most renowned wine produced in ancient Rome.
There were three vineyards (or appellations) recognised by Romans: Caucinian Falernian from the vineyards on the highest slopes of Mount Falernus; Faustian Falernian, the most famous, from land on the central slopes corresponding to the current hilly areas of the town of Falciano del Massico and Carinola di Casanova, owned by Faustus, son of the Roman dictator Sulla.