No trip to Ravello would be complete without a tasting of the regional wines, including many of the local grape varieties that are unique to the area.
Many of the grapes grown on the Amalfi Coast have ancient lineages that date back to Roman times. Indeed, Falanghina, one of the most popular white wine varieties, is produced from the famed Falernian grapes so favored by the ancient Romans, but the grape is probably of ancient Greek origin. Other grape varieties of special interest in the area include Greco di Tufo, another grape of possible Greek origin, and Piedirosso, a dark red grape that is famously grown on the slopes of Vesuvius and the isle of Capri.
Author : Robert Walker
Robert Walker, a lawyer, economist, and consultant who has worked in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years, is the author of Discovering Ravello, a short booklet on the history and attractions of Ravello. He and his wife, Chris Apel, first visited Ravello nearly 25 years ago, and have been frequent visitors ever since. His wife is an award winning artist who recently created a website (www.discoveringravello.com) to showcase her paintings of Ravello. He and his wife both lecture on Ravello. They live in Alexandria, Virginia.