Campania region is full of history and culture, secular traditions and gastronomic excellences. A great heritage that Tenuta Fontana commits to promote and preserve. For this reason we have created a cultural itinerary retracing the most important monuments of ur territory: from the Reggia of Caserta to the Palace of Carditello; from the Cathedral of Casertavecchia to the village of Pietrelcina. A unique and enchanting experience between art and nature that will conquer you. Come and visit our winery, taste our products and discover all the treasures of our beloved Campania.

The Royal Palace of Caserta

The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, constructed for the Bourbon Kings of Naples. It iso ne of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century and the largest royal residence in the world with 1200 rooms and covering an area of about 47000 m2. In 1997 has been declared by Unesco Heritage of Humanity. The ambitious project was entraste to the architech Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773) who started this palace in 1750 and created what is often declared the last great achievement of the Italian Baroque.

Pietrelcina

Pietrelcina is a small village, located on a lane of an affluent of the Tammaro River, and it is known all over the world for having given birth on May 25, 1887 to Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, baptized on May 26 in the church of Sant'Anna and proclaimed Saint by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002. It is in this mystical and fascinating place that our Tenuta Fontana is located.

The Royal Estate of Carditello 

The Royal Estate of Carditello, also called Reggia di Carditello, is a sober and elegant architectural complex, in a neoclassical style once belonging to the Neapolitan Bourbon Monarchy. While the estate functioned as an agricultural and pastoral production center, and included large amounts of royal territory, the palace delighted members of the court as a hunting lodge. The palace was designed by Francesco Collecini (1723-1804), pupil of Vanvitelli. The forecourt had a large horse racing track immersed in a vast estate of forests. In January 2014, the palace was acquired by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

The Cathedral of Casertavecchia  

The Cathedral of Casertavecchia was begun in 1113 and completed in 1153. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, the warrior saint who was the protector of the Lombards and later the Normans. It is a perfect blend of several architectural styles: it has a Romanesque floor plan with Siculan-Arab, Apulian and Lombard influences. On the facade, made of tuff rock from Campania, there are three marble doors embellished with zoomorphic sculptures. The interior, divided into three naves, reuses columns from Roman structures.






The excellent wines of Tenuta Fontana are born from the loving and passionate cultivation of ancient vines, sometimes difficult but always extraordinarily generous. Here is the description of these vines by the wine expert Mr Francesco Bartoletti.

Asprinio
Asprinio is the first vine cultivated by Fontana family. A grape variety that rocks its roots in a distant past, perhaps Greek, perhaps Etruscan. Historically cultivated with the algae system, interwoven with poplars to form a vegetation barrier that exceeds 20 meters, Asprinio has its privileged territory in the Agro Aversano where the DOC "Aversa" is born. Its natural propensity to produce sparkling wines makes the vine of Asprinio of Aversa the basis of the sparkling wine of the Southern Italy. The white wine produced is light with a strong acidity and fruity and floral hints.

Falanghina
Falanghina is, together with Aglianico, the oldest vine of Campania region. Its name derives from the Latin "falangae" which indicated the support poles used for the cultivation of the vine. The Falanghina Beneventana is used as a base for DOC: Taburno, Guardiolo, Falanghina del Sannio, Sant'Agata dei Goti, Solopaca. The wine has a good alcoholic content and an average acidity, spicy-vanilla shades and a pale strawberry color.

Aglianico
The name of the vine comes from "Hellenic" but there is no certainty of its origin unless it is a variety of very old grapes. Aglianico Beneventano has an important tannic structure. The wines produced are suitable for long aging and are often refined in wood to "calm" the austere characters of the same. The wine has a brilliant ruby color, almost garnet in the evolutionary phase, with distinct scents of fruit such as cherry and black cherry with a spicy note.

Sciascinoso

Sciascinoso vine is a variety in itself. Cultivated throughout the Campania is the basis of the DOC Sanno Sciascinoso and can be the main grape used in the DOC Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso, while it is joined to Piedirosso in DOC as Campi Flegrei Rosso, Penisola Sorrentina Rosso and Costa d’Amalfi Rosso. The wine has a beautiful ruby ​​color and fruity aromas, very light and fresh. It is suited to aging and is often vinified with the carbon maceration technique that supports the qualities of freshness and fruity.

Primitivo

The Primitivo vine is cultivated in Campania in the area of ​​Monte Massico, hence the name "Falerno del Massico Primitivo". It has an early harvest between the end of August and the beginning of September. Due to the high sugar content of the fruits, it is often used for sweet dessert wines as Dolce Naturale, Liquoroso Dolce and Liquoroso Secco. Primitivo wine has a beautiful ruby-purple color,  with intensely fruity scents (currant, cherries in the spirit, jams of fruit and cooked plums) and spiced, which It has a great concentration in the mouth but it is also soft and calibrated, always accompanied by a strong alcohol content. Often it improves by aging.

 

 

 

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