Adele’s Wine Stories


A couple of years ago I asked Nicola, owner of the most famous patisserie in Amalfi, if he could recommend a wine-growing estate on the Amalfi Coast. I knew a few very famous ones in Furore and was looking for young winemakers who would like to work with me and for my visitors coming from all over the world. I had my own wine business many years ago and knew that small wineries and wine-growing estates are very special places where you can discover wonderful wines. More important, there are winemakers with time for their visitors who enjoy talking about the secrets of wine making. Nicola introduced me to a small wine-estate in Tramonti overlooking the Amalfi Coast a hidden jam between the Lattari Mountains. Prisco and Fiorina lead their company with enthusiasm. Their wines are to me like themselves, good and honest! I will never forget the first time I visited them with the group of  students from Savannah, Georgia, when they taught us so much about wine and wine tasting in less than three hours (see picture below). I went back there several times and was never disappointed. Their idea is to produce a small quantity of high quality wines. For further information, please, don’t hesitate to contact me. Next time more about Patrizia…a newcomer of the wine business!

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Salerno and its poet

Salerno rima d’inverno, o dolcissimo inverno. Salerno rima d’eterno” (Salerno rhyme of the winter, oh! sweetest winter. Salerno rhyme of eternity), these were the last verses written by the renowned Salernitan poet, Alfonso Gatto, about his city. Salerno is a city overflowing with history and bound to its traditions. After a few days spent walking on the sea promenade, that the Salernitani love more than anything else, you will start “feeling” the reason why despite the crazy traffic jams along its streets, people here are so fond of this Mediterranean town laying between mountains and the Thyrrenean Sea.

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Salerno’s New Features

Salerno Piazza Libertá under construction

Today Salerno is one of the most flourishing towns in southern Italy with 140,580 residents. Located between mountains and sea, this friendly community with a rich and varied culture and a joyful Mediterranean lifestyle welcomes visitors and tourists from all over the world. The city is divided into three distinct areas: the medieval sector with one of the best preserved ancient towns in Italy, the 19th century district with its distinctive buildings and alleys running along the seafront and the densely-populated post-war area in the eastern district.

In order to preserve its past for the future generations, Salerno has accepted the challenge of the new millennium: over the last few years the town has committed itself to major urban projects (like the New Waterfront) in order to  rejuvenate the social and economic functions in its area. Ancient monuments and churches have been restored, parks and gardens have been designed; roads and squares have been replenished with Mediterranean vegetation, many spaces have been reserved for artistic, cultural and recreation activities. Salerno’s contemporary features are changing its image at an amazing pace; nevertheless, as long as its old narrow streets will echo voices during summer’s lazy siesta hours Salerno will just smile at the impressive buildings rising at the feet of the old Arechis Castle on Mount Bonadies.

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