Fantastic Vesuvius wine tour in the wondrful Lacryma Christi estate in the National Park. According to the history, God cried when he found a corner of Heaven stolen by Lucifer and where his tears fell, there grew the grapes that make Lacryma Christi, translated as "tears of Christ.
In 1948, just as Italy was recovering from World War II, Giovanni Russo founded his small family winery on the volcanic slopes of Mount Vesuvius. At the time, wine was transported to Naples by horse-drawn wagon, where small, rural vintners sold their wines to larger merchants, who then supplied shops and restaurants around the city. After years of working in the winery, Maurizio decided to make a change: 18 years ago he opened his doors for visits and tastings, invested in improving the quality of the wines, and limited distribution exclusively to the winery shop. Winery visits and tastings Stop by to sample our unique Lacryma Christi wines, paired with local products from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. All guests visiting the winery are welcome to stay for an "Italian style" tasting, held on our terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Tasting menu Antipasto appetizer with local products: salami, provolone cheese, "casatiello" (a savory bread), and bruschetta with heirloom Piennolo tomatoes on bread baked in a wood-burning oven, paired with Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco DOP (100% Caprettone), Rosato(100% Piedirosso), and Rosso (100% Piedirosso). Spaghetti made with durum wheat flour and tossed with a sauce made from heirloom Piennolo tomatoes and basil, paired with Lacryma Christi Riserva (80% Piedirosso and 20% Aglianico, aged in French oak barrels for 18 - 24 months). Pastiera Napolitana, a traditional dessert featuring sweetened ricotta, candied fruit, and boiled wheat berries, paired with Capafresca Spumante Rosato (100% Aglianico) andAcquavite di Albicocche del Vesuvio, our apricot distillate. We can also accommodate celiacs, vegetarians, and vegans with a special menu.