WineNews.it, a portal of news about wine, started its trip of the strangest places where people can find vineyards. The first stop has been the vineyards of Pompeii, located on an area of one of the most famous excavations in the world, which was created in 1994 thanks to the University of Naples and the wine company Mastroberardino. During the Roman times, wine produced in Pompeii was very popular. Visitors can see most of them near the Amphitheatre entrance.
There are also vineyards in Venice: from the island of St. Erasmus, who has always been considered the garden of Venice, passing by the island of San Michele, home to the cemetery of Venice, there are many vineyards and wine is produced within the borders of the city. There is also a vineyard inside the cloister at the Convent of the Spinsters on the Giudecca Island. Even in the heart of Venice we can find vineyards, like the Court Sconta and Vigna della Tana, near the Biennale.
Also in Siena, a medieval city that can almost completely keep the same structure during the centuries, including the "gardens" within the walls, there is an ongoing project to recover vineyards.
In Rome, just above the Spanish Steps, there is a vineyard in the gardens of the French Convent of the Sacred Heart, regularly brought up and cared by the students of the Emilio Sereni’s wine school.
In Paris, beyond the historic and world-famous areas, there is a very special case. In the French capital there is the vineyard of Montmartre, surrounded by beautiful houses and with buses that pass nearby, where, since 1933, is produced the "Clos Montmartre."
In the US, there is something extremely charming. In Los Angeles, just a stone's throw from the popular area of Bel Air, people can find the vineyard of the Tenuta Moraga, which is, among other things, one of the oldest in the United States, being the first to be built after the end of prohibition.
Where people could not imagine to find a vineyard as they usually think of is a rooftop: the millennials in New York have created the first commercial vineyard on Brooklyn rooftops, with views of the Empire State Building.
In the Hawaii Islands, altitude and volcanic soil help to grow some productive vineyards from which since 1986 gets its wines Lynn "Doc" McKinney.
Father Ottavio Fasano, an Italian missionary, lived for 50 years in Cape Verde’s Isla do Fogo, where, in 2013, the first bottles of "Maria Chaves", a wine produced on 23 hectares of vineyards, came out of the Monte Barro cellar.
Perhaps it is the best-known example, but it is always very impressive. In the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, there is a wine tradition that starts from the eighteenth century, and it also produces excellent wines. The vines are grown inside a sort of "submerged pit" (about three meters deep and five meters wide), which makes unique the landscape of the island.
Even in Tahiti, in French Polynesia, namely the island of Rangiroa there are 8 hectares of vineyard located right on the beach, in front of the tropical sea, which produces 40,000 bottles of white wine and rosé.
Finally, there will also be vineyards in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean, with the "Ocoa Bay" project.
Staff at Flashback Journey to Pompeii. Our goal is to bring you up-to-date information on events, continuing archeological excavations and more on Pompeii.