Villa Matilde


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Over 3000 years ago, this northwestern portion of Campania supplied a very fine, extremely long-living wine – a great favorite with ancient Roman poets and emperors: “immortal Falerno”.
Between the late 1800s (Phylloxera) and the early 1960s, however, Falerno had virtually disappeared.  That was when Villa Matilde founder Francesco Paolo Avallone set out to bring it back to life.  A lawyer by profession, Avallone’s passion for the classics and for the area’s extraordinary heritage inspired his decade-long quest (we might call it “vineyard archaeology”), in collaboration with the University of Naples.  The combined research team found the best surviving vines and patiently grafted cuttings onto new rootstock.  Today, 20 original clones of Aglianico, Piedirosso (both red) and Falanghina (white), are trademarked as Villa Matilde.
The estate’s terrain and microclimate are truly unique.  The former alternates areas rich in potassium and phosphorus, volcanic soils with abundant, characteristic microelements, and tuffaceous zones.  The estate’s location is exceptional: volcanic, mineral-rich hills facing the Mediterranean sun and the sea, minutes from the gorgeous Gulf of Gaeta, sheltered on three sides by the Massico mountain range (see satellite photo at top).  Vicinity to the sea combined with this mountainous amphitheater mean ideal ventilation, cool nights and warm days, and maximum exposure to the sunrays, right up to late October.
The founder’s son and daughter, Salvatore “Tani” & Maria Ida Avallone, uphold their father’s moral and managerial legacy: combining culture and terroir, tradition and innovation; maintaining the highest respect for the area and its people.  They have always considered the environment one of their top priorities and over the past couple of years, have gradually reached an enviable goal: zero greenhouse gas emissions on the estate.
The latter is actually split into four properties – 
Two in the Falerno del Massico DOC area, within the province of Caserta:

  • Tenuta di San Castrese, totalling c. 46 hectares under vine i.e. 114 acres, and
  • Tenuta di Parco Nuovo, closer to the coast – 21 ha. i.e. c. 52 acres under vine;

One in the province of Benevento:

  • Rocca dei Leoni, 74 acres (30 hectares) fifty miles east and inland with respect to the Cellole property. 

This is a Campania IGT area rather than Falerno del Massico DOC, though it utilizes distinct clones of Falanghina and Aglianico, two of the varieties that go into Falerno.  Soil is volcanic, rich in phosphorus and potassium, and features lush vegetation: fir trees, chestnuts, cherry trees and walnuts, genista, camomile and holly.  The vineyards have excellent hillside exposures, considerably steep, and very old vines.  The Benevento terroir features a combination of asperity and mellowness; the ensuing wines are likewise soft and rough at the same time, with marked aromatic traits and intense fragrance.  They show greater freshness and forward, easy appeal compared to wines from the same varieties that are produced in the Falerno del Massico DOC area.

 

  • Tenute di Altavilla is the fourth property, in the Avellino province.

Located within the DOCG appellations of Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino (both whites) and Taurasi (red), vineyards are in different areas amongst the most favorable, high on the hillside.  They currently cover 37 acres (15 ha.) on predominantly tuffaceous soil with a high percentage of clay and excellent exposures and gradients.  The three resulting DOCGs show distinctive elegance, balance and complexity. 

Over 3000 years ago, this northwestern portion of Campania supplied a very fine, extremely long-living wine – a great favorite with ancient Roman poets and emperors: "immortal Falerno".
Between the late 1800s (Phylloxera) and the early 1960s, however, Falerno had virtually disappeared.  That was when Villa Matilde founder Francesco Paolo Avallone set out to bring it back to life.  A lawyer by profession, Avallone's passion for the classics and for the area's extraordinary heritage inspired his decade-long quest (we might call it "vineyard archaeology"), in collaboration with the University of Naples.  The combined research team found the best surviving vines and patiently grafted cuttings onto new rootstock.  Today, 20 original clones of Aglianico, Piedirosso (both red) and Falanghina (white), are trademarked as Villa Matilde.
The estate's terrain and microclimate are truly unique.  The former alternates areas rich in potassium and phosphorus, volcanic soils with abundant, characteristic microelements, and tuffaceous zones.  The estate's location is exceptional: volcanic, mineral-rich hills facing the Mediterranean sun and the sea, minutes from the gorgeous Gulf of Gaeta, sheltered on three sides by the Massico mountain range (see satellite photo at top).  Vicinity to the sea combined with this mountainous amphitheater mean ideal ventilation, cool nights and warm days, and maximum exposure to the sunrays, right up to late October.
The founder's son and daughter, Salvatore "Tani" & Maria Ida Avallone, uphold their father's moral and managerial legacy: combining culture and terroir, tradition and innovation; maintaining the highest respect for the area and its people.  They have always considered the environment one of their top priorities and over the past couple of years, have gradually reached an enviable goal: zero greenhouse gas emissions on the estate.
The latter is actually split into four properties – 
Two in the Falerno del Massico DOC area, within the province of Caserta:

  • Tenuta di San Castrese, totalling c. 46 hectares under vine i.e. 114 acres, and
  • Tenuta di Parco Nuovo, closer to the coast – 21 ha. i.e. c. 52 acres under vine;


One in the province of Benevento:

  • Rocca dei Leoni, 74 acres (30 hectares) fifty miles east and inland with respect to the Cellole property. 

This is a Campania IGT area rather than Falerno del Massico DOC, though it utilizes distinct clones of Falanghina and Aglianico, two of the varieties that go into Falerno.  Soil is volcanic, rich in phosphorus and potassium, and features lush vegetation: fir trees, chestnuts, cherry trees and walnuts, genista, camomile and holly.  The vineyards have excellent hillside exposures, considerably steep, and very old vines.  The Benevento terroir features a combination of asperity and mellowness; the ensuing wines are likewise soft and rough at the same time, with marked aromatic traits and intense fragrance.  They show greater freshness and forward, easy appeal compared to wines from the same varieties that are produced in the Falerno del Massico DOC area.

 

  • Tenute di Altavilla is the fourth property, in the Avellino province.

Located within the DOCG appellations of Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino (both whites) and Taurasi (red), vineyards are in different areas amongst the most favorable, high on the hillside.  They currently cover 37 acres (15 ha.) on predominantly tuffaceous soil with a high percentage of clay and excellent exposures and gradients.  The three resulting DOCGs show distinctive elegance, balance and complexity. 



Wines


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Villa Matilde Falerno del Massico Bianco DOP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Taurasi Tenute di Altavilla DOCG
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Eleusi Roccamonfina Passito IGP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Fiano di Avellino Tenute di Altavilla DOCG
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Falanghina Rocca dei Leoni Bianco IGP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Falerno del Massico Bianco ‘Vigna Caracci’ DOP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Falerno del Massico Rosso DOP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the “vinum Falernum” ...

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Villa Matilde Rocca dei Leoni Aglianico Campania IGP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Cecubo Roccamonfina IGT
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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Villa Matilde Greco di Tufo Tenute di Alta Villa DOCG
 Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum desc...

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Villa Matilde Falerno del Massico Rosso ‘Vigna Camarato’ DOP
Villa Matilde began in the 1960s when Francesco Paolo Avallone, a lawyer with a passion for ancient wines and an interest in the Vinum Falernum descri...

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