Delicious, elusive, compelling, frustrating, the wines of Campania have long been among my favorites. This ancient region has been producing marvelous wine since before the foundation of Rome, and there are wines from this region that rank among the best produced in all of Italy. They are less well-known abroad, perhaps, since they are produced from indigenous varieties. Some of these, such as Fiano and Greco among the whites, and Aglianico among the reds are becoming more well-known. Savvy wine lovers, however, will want to explore the full range, as they offer thrilling tastes and flavors, and often provide extraordinary value for money.
This being said, such a quest is often complicated by limited availability. Having tasted several hundred wines from Campania last week, I was frustrated by the limited availability of the top wines. Although this is undeniably true (and perhaps understandable), there were a number of interesting wines that are available – at least online, if not at your local store. I rated a number of the wines last week as either very good (***) or outstanding (****). Here are a few notes on those one might find: