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Campania is the "shin" of Italy's boot, anchored by its capital, Naples. Its name comes from Campania felix, a Latin phrase roughly meaning "happy land". The region has strong historical links to wine and vine, dating back to the 12th Century BC, and is one of Italy's very oldest wine regions. The considerable influence of ancient empires, including the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines, means some of this area's varieties have historical legends attached. The area is also famous for producing Falerno (Falernum), one of the most ancient wines in Italy.

Campania, like many Italian regions, is home an impressive array of grape varieties, some of which are found almost nowhere else on earth. Its most important variety is arguably Aglianico, the grape behind the region's two most famous and respected red wines: Taurasi and Aglianico del Taburno. Aglianico was introduced to the area by the Greeks and later cultivated by the Romans.

Also vital to Campania's vineyards are the white-wine varieties Fiano and Greco, which are championed by the region's most respected white wines, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. Fiano has been used here for more than 2000 years.

Campania's success owes much to the varied climates and terroirs that host around 100,000 acres (46,800ha) of vines. Viticulture is in its element thanks to an abundance of sunshine, dry hot summers, mild winters, a long growing season and volcanic soil (the latter ensured phylloxera was kept at bay). The coastal Mediterranean breezes blow in from the Tyrrhenian Sea and across the Apennine Mountains to temper the heat, encouraging a bright acidity in the fruit. These factors also contribute to the varied qualities of Campania wines.

Despite being ensconced in tradition, today's wine styles are fruit forward and youthful: the whites are known for their aromatic characters, often redolent of the local flora, while the reds (mainly from Aglianico) have big personalities which require a little aging. Dynamic and innovative methods have helped improve the quality of Campania's wines, specifically through better vineyard management, harvesting methods and cellar techniques.

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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico, 2022

Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico has a complex nose and intense bouquet of ripe red cherries and raspberries, which continue through on to the palate. The wine has smooth tannins with a lingering warm spicy finish and with hints of vanilla.

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750ml £16.50

Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina, 2022

Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina has perfumes of white flowers and melon. Its fresh, crisp and aromatic with mineral notes that provide a backdrop to the full, ripe palate and lift the finish. A class wine, with a lingering touch of manuka honey.

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750ml £16.65

Vesevo Greco di Tufo, 2023

Vesevo Greco di Tufo is lemon-gold in colour, with an intense aromatic perfume of ripe pears, also a honeyed almond note. On the palate, this wine has stone fruit flavours of yellow peaches, a crisp mineral charm and a mouth-filling body with a good length on the finish.

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750ml £19.55

Vesevo Ensis Taurasi DOCG, 2013

Vesevo EnsisTaurasi DOCG is bright deep red in colour. A powerful and complex wine full of red berry flavours and notes of vanilla from the oak ageing process. The tannins are smooth and support well a structure that is clean and dry on the finish.

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750ml £32.85