Where To Go Wine Tasting On The Amalfi Coast

Discover the heroic vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and Sorrento.
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View of a vineyard on the slopes of the Amalfi coast with a church and the ocean in the background

Most people who visit the Amalfi Coast come in search of sun, sea, seafood, and a sunset Spritz. What they don’t realize is that the famous coastline is home to rare, local grape varietals and beautiful vineyards. Which means you can go wine tasting on the Amalfi Coast. Limoncello isn’t the only thing on the menu in Positano!

With more than 500 registered grape varieties, Italy remains a beloved destination for wine lovers. The sheer diversity and long history of winemaking in Italy still mystifies aficionados to this day. The best-known grape varieties in Campania (the region of the Amalfi Coast) are Fiano, Falanghina, Greco (white), Aglianico, and Piedirosso (reds). These popular grapes grow alongside local varieties on the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula.

“The wine of the Amalfi Coast is very unique,” says Luigi Pisacane, owner and sommelier at Le Tre Sorelle Wine Room in Positano. “It does not taste like any other wine in the world because all the grapes are indigenous to this terrain and absorb the sea breeze, volcanic soil, and heat of the sun.” In short, you won’t be able to find these grape varieties anywhere else.

A man guiding a horse carrying red crates of grapes on its back with the Amalfi coast in the background
Close-up of golden grapes attached to the vine

From Vine to Glass

The Amalfi Coast is considered one of Italy’s “heroic” winemaking areas. This is due to the seemingly impossible journey from vine to glass. When you drive along the area’s famous coastal road, every glance at the hillside reveals vineyards in terraces. These precarious cliffs are accessible only by foot, and the grapes are cultivated and harvested entirely by hand. The grapes are then carried in crates on the shoulders of the winery’s family members. Neighbors who also feel a profound tie to the land often help the family harvest the fruit.

“The cliffs are very steep, so the vines produce only a small quantity of grapes,” explains Pisacane. “But this helps produce high-quality wine,” he continues. Local winemakers are proud of their heritage and are eager for the world to discover this little-known winemaking area. Here are some of our favorite wineries you can visit during your next trip to the Amalfi Coast.

Marisa Cuomo on the Amalfi Coast

Founded in 1980, Marisa Cuomo was one of the first wineries from the Amalfi Coast to break onto the world stage. The winery was established in the tiny hamlet of Furore above one of the coastline’s most famous fjords. A gift from Andrea Ferraioli to his wife, Marisa Cuomo, the winery celebrates the geographical differences of the area by harvesting grapes grown throughout the Amalfi Coast.

Aerial view of a vineyard planted above a Fjord, a long, narrow body of water between cliffs

Many white wines in the area are aged in stainless steel to preserve freshness and aromatic qualities. Marisa Cuomo’s flagship Fiorduva however, breaks this convention. First, the indigenous grapes Fenile, Ripoli, and Ginestra are harvested late in the season. Then they are fermented, and partially aged in small, French oak barrique to produce a lush wine. The wine holds notes of candied citrus peel, dried apricots, and yellow flowers. Fiorduva was first produced in 1997 and consistently wins awards for its unique features and surprisingly long shelf life.

Aerial view of vineyard planted on the descending slopes of the Amalfi Coast

By contrast, the estate’s Furore Bianco and Costa d’Amalfi Bianco are made with blends of Falanghina and Biancolella. These two Campanian grapes are known for their minerality. With flavors of crisp citrus, pear, and white peach notes, these wines pair perfectly with local specialties like pizza fritta (fried pizza dough). Enjoy this aperitif from the terrace of Marisa Cuomo’s restaurant, Bacco, as you admire the coastline before you.

Tenuta San Francesco on the Amalfi Coast

Local winegrape growers Gaetano and Generoso Bove, Vincenzo D’Avino, and Luigi Giordano founded Tenuta San Francesco in 2004. Located in Tramonti, a hillside town north of Maiori, the estate covers eight hectares (20 acres) of land cultivated with pre-phylloxera vines that are more than 100 years old! “The wine from old vines is a miracle,” they say.

Three men crouching on the ground harvesting purple grapes in yellow crates beneath the vines

To celebrate this longstanding heritage, the winemakers named their 100% Tintore red wine, È Iss which means “this is it” in the Neapolitan dialect. É lss is a reserve wine made exclusively with pre-phylloxera vines. It has also received acclaim for its luscious notes of tart raspberry, black cherry, smoke, and leather. Last year, Gambero Rosso — one of Italy’s leading food and wine guides — was awarded the 2016 vintage of È Iss the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award.

The winery’s white “Cru” vineyard sits at a higher elevation and is home to vines of Falanghina, Pepella, and Ginestra. These three grape varieties are blended for the Per Eva reserve, which is named after Gaetano’s wife. Eva herself can often be found preparing gnocchi for lunch or hosting cooking classes for guests at the winery.

Vineyard full of grapes and green vines with the coastline in the background

Abbazia di Crapolla on the Sorrentine Peninsula

Abbazia di Crapolla lies up a narrow, rough-hewn road in Vico Equense, offering an expansive view of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. The vineyard gets its name from the 11th-century abbey that houses the winery today. Doctor Fulvio Alfiano and business partner Giuseppe Puttini seek to showcase the local varietals of the Amalfi Coast and place them alongside international grapes like Moscato and Pinot Noir.

Sabato is another grape variety native to the Sorrentine Peninsula. Used to produce the red wine, Sabato Rosso, this grape is actually a clone of the region’s Aglianico grape. In winemaking, a clone is a cutting of an existing grapevine that is grafted onto a rootstock. Over time, the graft will retain the selected characteristics from the original grapevine and develop unique qualities of its own. Cool right? A light red, the Sabato pairs well with meats as well as a Caprese salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella. For white wine lovers, Sireo is a blend of Fiano and Falanghina grapes. With mouth-watering acidity and a salty finish, this wine will remind you of summer days spent on the beach.

When you visit the Abbazia di Crapolla, you’ll likely find Piera, Fulvio’s wife, preparing local dishes al fresco with seasonal produce from the estate’s vegetable garden.

Bosco de’ Medici in Pompeii

Aerial view of the vineyard, Bosco de'Medici, near Mt Vesuvius, with the volcano in the background

In the shadow of Mount Vesuvius lies the Lacryma Christi DOC winemaking area. The vineyards in this volcanic region are cultivated with Piedirosso, Aglianico, Falanghina, and Coda di Volpe (locally referred to as Caprettone). After a visit to the archeological park of Pompeii, don’t miss the chance to visit Bosco de’ Medici, as the young winery borders the ancient ruins. Emiddia, Sonia, Lella, and Giuseppe Palomba founded the family-owned establishment in 2014 in honor of their grandfather Raffaele’s passion for viticulture.

Though Bosco de’ Medici grows native grapes, the winery experiments with new and interesting techniques. Along with respecting sustainability, the winery honors its connection with the land, as well as history. After all, this establishment is the heir to a long (very long) history of winemaking in the area — over 3,000 years!

Dressel 19.2 is an exceptional white wine made with 100% Caprettone grapes in the “orange wine” style. This means that the grapes are fermented on the skins and aged in terracotta amphorae before being bottled. This wine has notes of ripe apricot, peach, honey, and some smoky elements due to the volcanic soil. Bosco de’ Medici also has a beautiful outdoor pergola where you can enjoy a multi-course wine-tasting lunch inspired by dishes enjoyed by the ancient Romans living in Pompeii. The property also boasts a hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. It is a great base for excursions to other archeological ruins near Pompeii, including Herculaneum, and Oplontis.

Outdoor pergola covered with grape vines, with tables and chairs underneath

Le Tre Sorelle Wine Room in Positano

Founded in 2019 in the heart of Positano, Le Tre Sorelle Wine Room is a great place to taste local wines sourced from throughout Campania. Here, you can purchase a prepaid card to taste over 40 wines by the glass. But you can also ask the knowledgeable staff to prepare a flight (wine selection) for you. The enoteca’s selection also includes special bottles from other Italian regions and international labels that can be paired with delicious appetizers. Le Tre Sorelle Wine Room is a great place to purchase hard-to-find local wines that can bring the flavors of the Amalfi Coast home with you!

A wine room with wine bottles, glasses filled with red wine, and several plates of food on top of a wooden table
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