Holy Thursday means the Easter Weekend is upon us, and why not try a religiously sounding wine this Easter, Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio. The name Lacryma Christi comes from an old myth that Christ, crying over Lucifer’s fall from heaven, cried his tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew there. The sides of Vesuvius are deeply scarred by past lava flows, and its lower slopes are extremely fertile, dotted with villages and covered with vineyards.
Ironically, while Vesuvius destroyed towns, its lava made the soil fertile. It produces dry and sweet white wines and prized reds. There are many wonderful wines produced with the same loving care as the ancient Romans. Vesuvian wine has been enjoyed since ancient times. Evidence of the area’s delight in wine was preserved by Vesuvius’ lava. It is said that even the god Bacchus found pleasure in the abundant wine and the company of those who lived at the foot of the volcano.
Lacryma Christi reds are dry, rustic and full-bodied in style, they are generally made from the local Piedirosso grape or a blend of them same and other Italian grapes grown on in the DOC area on the slopes of Vesuvius.