The legend tells that Lucifer, the angel cast out of the Kingdom of Heaven for his evil deeds, falling to the underworld, tore off a strip of Paradise to make the Bay of Naples and then sank, creating a chasm from which Vesuvius would be generated. Jesus, recognising the stolen Paradise in the Bay of Naples, poured out his tears of sorrow on the volcano, making the land at its foot fertile and the vines growing there precious.
Cratere embodies all the power of Vesuvius and is harvested by hand at the end of October from the volcanic soil.
The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in plastic crates previously sanitized, in each box are placed a maximum of 1215 kg of grapes, to avoid that during transportation there will be a natural crushing of the grains. Above each box is deposited a bag containing dry ice, this process is used to keep the grapes at a temperature that prevents early and uncontrolled fermentation. Once in the winery, the grapes are processed in a grape crusher, this process allows us to separate the stems from the grapes and crush them, after this step the marc is placed in steel silos, where fermentation lasts for about 13/15 days, after fermentation the must is divided, the first-pressing must passes into barrels for refinement in barriques, while the pressed must is left for wines of lower quality, the refinement in barriques continues for several months until the wine reaches the right maturity to be processed and bottled, and then it is refined in bottles.
Gastronomic combinations: All the main courses with meat and porcini mushrooms, grilled red meat, seasoned cheeses, but also on its own as a good partner for meditation.
Serving temperature: 18 - 20 °C
Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol.
Total acidity: 6,2 g/l
- Rosso Rubino
Wines Le Lune del Vesuvio
Excellence of the Campania region.
Le Lune del Vesuvio Winery
The family-run agricultural and processing company "Le Lune del Vesuvio" is located in the hilly area of the Vesuvius National Park at an altitude of approximately 400 meters.
Situated a short distance from the urban center of Terzigno, it covers an area of about 1 hectare right in the heart of the Vesuvius National Park, overlooking the wonders of the ancient Pompeii excavations, the island of Capri, and the Gulf of Naples.
Their production system focuses on vineyards, fruit, and seasonal vegetables (such as the "Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio") and follows conventional agriculture methods on the typical terraced fields. In the adjacent cellar, the grapes from their vineyards contribute to the production of Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio wine.
A product born out of passion and love for one's own land.
In a setting that carefully combines the environment of pure and pristine mountains, surrounded by the jewels of the sea from the island of Capri and the coastlines of Sorrento and Amalfi, Andrea and Salvatore Forno preserve the traditional winemaking heritage of Campania. The history of Vesuvio Lacryma Christi is a blend of myth and reality, legend and popular beliefs, contributing to creating an aura of alluring mystery around this famous wine.
One of these legends suggests that Lucifer, expelled from Paradise, tore a piece of it to steal and create the Gulf of Naples on Earth. Where he sank, Mount Vesuvius was born.
Jesus Christ, noticing the theft, wept profusely out of sorrow, and from his tears that fell directly onto Vesuvius, a vine plant sprouted, and from the grape of that vine, the most renowned wine of Vesuvius was born: Lacryma Christi. The wines of Le Lune del Vesuvio spend several months in stainless steel tanks, except for some selections that undergo maturation in barrels, mostly a combination of new and used wood, primarily the "Cratere Lacryma Christi."