Above: Lucio Mastroberardino belongs to one of Italy’s most illustrious winemaking families. His origins as a winemaker stretch back to the 17th century. Today, his Terredora estate produces some of Southern Italy’s most coveted fine wines.
WINE OF THE WEEK
BY WES MARSHALL
The Austin Chronicle
July 3, 2009
Terredora di Paolo’s jolly and very talented winemaker, Lucio Mastroberardino, likes to explain to American wine lovers that, despite outward appearances, pizza wasn’t invented in Pizza Hut. It comes from the Italian region of Campania. He draws that comparison to make another point, that wine as we know it today originated in Campania (the area which includes Naples and Pompeii) under the Romans more than 21 centuries ago. Notwithstanding the possibility of alternative viewpoints from Greek or Egyptian food historians, the point is that people have been making wine from both the Fiano and Aglianico grapes grown outside Pompeii for more than 2,000 years. All that experience has helped them master the making of wine from those grapes.