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DOCG area for red wine in the Italian region Campania, The zone was classified as DOC in 1970 and DOCG in 1993. The area includes the municipalities of Bonito, Castelfranci, Castelvetere sul Calore, Fontanarosa, Lapio, Luogosano, Mirabella Eclano, Montefalcione, Montemarano, Montemiletto, Paternopoli, Pietradefusi, Sant'Angelo all'Esca, San Mango sul Calore, Taurasi, Torre le Nocelle and Venticano. The vineyards cover 420 hectares of vineyards northeast of Avellino on volcanic slopes in 17 communities. The best locations are Castelfranci, Jampenne, Radici and Torre, all located at about 400 meters above sea level.
The wine is made from at least 85% Aglianico, as well as a maximum of 15% other approved varieties such as Barbera. Piedirosso and Sangiovese vinified. The leading producers produce it unmixed, Of the tannin and extract rich red wine with aromas of dark fruits, papaya, plums, spices and vanilla is 20 years and longer storable. The color changes from ruby red in youth to mahogany tones in old age. The minimum alcohol content is 12% vol. He has to mature for three years, including at least one year in the barrel and two years in the bottle. With four years maturation, of which 18 months in barrel and 12.5% vol alcohol content he is allowed Riserva call.
The Taurasi is one of the best red wines in Italy and is the Barolo (Piedmont) and the Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) equated. Much of the production comes from the famous winery Mastroberardino whose Taurasi Radici Riserva vintage 1968 is considered legendary. Other famous producers are Caggiano, Caputo, Feudi di San Gregorio, Molettieri, Struzziero and Villa Raiano.