Well- known since the times of the Roman Empire, the wines of the Sorrento Coast keep their fame still today, thanks to an excellent quality and, also, to a great tradition.
Their delicious bouquet, characterized by unmistakable scents and odours, besides the particularity which makes these local products unique, has made the best of them merit the appraisal of Product of Controlled Origin (AC).
The wines which can be titled with this quality brand, nevertheless, must have precise features and be the fruit of rigorous working processes.
The white wine “Penisola Sorrentina” and the wine “Penisola Sorrentina Bianco Sorrento” , as well as the red wine “Penisola Sorrentina”, in fact, must be produced first of all with grapes cultivated exclusively in the hilly vineyards which lie in twelve towns of the Sorrento Coast: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Sant’ Agnello, Piano di Sorrento, Meta, Vico Equense, Agerola, Casola di Napoli, Gragnano, Lettere, Pimonte, and part of the territory of the towns of Castellammare di Stabia and Sant’Antonio Abate.
For the white wines, moreover, the same working must provide for the use of “Falangina” grapes (with percentages not lower than 40% and not higher than 60%), “biancolella” grapes (with percentages which vary between 0 and 60%) and “Greco bianco” grapes (with percentages which vary between 0 and 60%).
For the production of the red wines, instead, the use of “piedirosso” grapes (with percentages which can vary between 40% and 100%), “scascinoso” and “aglianico” grapes (with percentages which can vary between a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40%) is provided for.
As to the features of each typical product, we can note that – according to experts – the white wine “Penisola Sorrentina” and the wine “Penisola Sorrentina Bianco Sorrento” are characterized by a more or less intense straw- coloured hue and a vinous, delicate and pleasant scent which contains in it the perfumes of the Mediterranean landscape, while the Red Wine Penisola Sorrentina and the red wine Penisola Sorrentina Rosso Sorrento have a deep red colour with a vinous scent, delicately fruited, with a tasty and very delicate flavour.
Differently from the other red wines, the ones of the Sorrento Coast must not be drunk at room temperature, but as cool as in the cellar.
According to experts, the white wines “Penisola Sorrentina” are ideal to go with sea hors d’oeuvres, “risotto allo scoglio”, spaghetti with clams without tomato, besides pasta and beans with mussels.
The red wines are instead suggested to go with pizzas (better with the “margherita” pizza or the “Neapolitan” one – tomato, oregano and garlic - ) and , more in general, with meat.
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