Rich in ancient history of Samnite origin, Irpinia was inhabited in the VII century B.C. from the Greeks, who had inherited from the Hellenes, their ancestors, the cult of Dionysus and his bacchantes, making this land the home of the “Hellenic vitis” from which Aglianico derives its name.
Called “Campania Felix” for the prodigious fertility of the land and the vocation for the cultivation of the vine, Irpinia was a land devoted to agriculture since ancient times, when the famous “wines of the emperors” were already produced. The territory of Campania was one of the first and most important centers for the establishment, cultivation and diffusion of the vine. The Apennine area of Irpinia became the motherland of the best wines of Campania, such as Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi.
Irpinia is characterized by a heterogeneous landscape variety, designed by mountains, hills, valleys and plateaus. The territory has a strong and unique identity in the world for the peculiarities of the subsoil and the climatic conditions.
Following the powerful eruption of Vesuvius which occurred several thousand years ago, pyroclastic materials transported by strong winds settled on the territory of Irpinia, giving life to a thick layer of volcanic materials, which solidified over the centuries.
Nowadays, the terroir of Irpinia presents a great wealth of mineral micronutrients. More superficial layers are formed by stratified limestone, while the hills and valleys are made up of deposits of arenaceous and clayey materials. The soils mainly show a well-balanced texture, clay-free, with frequent stoniness.
The Mediterranean climate exposes the territory to cold and wet winters and hot summers, with high temperature variations between day and night.
The peculiarities of the territory and the mountain like (due to its proximity to the Piacentini mountains) Mediterranean climate, determine strong production distinctions and situations of extreme originality and heterogeneity in the wines of the area.
The balance between the climate, the vine and the soil is perfect. A balance that has become more and more harmonious over the centuries, giving birth to wines with supreme features, which are characterized by aromatic complexity, a velvety, full and elegant taste, an intense and delicate aroma.
Nativ owns 15 hectares of autochthonous vineyards. A significant part of the vineyards is located in the south-east area, along the ridge that connects the villages of Castelvetere sul Calore to Paternopoli, passing through Montemarano and Castelfranci