About Alte Vigne delle Val Camastra

By Paul Caputo

Wine projects come and go all the time in Basilicata, but few are as adventurous as the one recently undertaken by husband and wife team Andrea and Teresa Buchicchio.

Just south of the regional capital Potenza, the land becomes mountainous and the three hectares of vines planted in 2012 sit solitary at 700 metres. There are virtually no vineyards in this part of Basilicata and those that are dotted around the predominantly wooded hillsides are cultivated only for a small amount of domestic use.

Yet under the stewardship of one southern Italy’s well known winemakers, Fabio Mecca, Andrea and Teresa have planted international varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Müller-Thurgau and Gewürztraminer are not obvious choices, but with little winemaking history here who is to say what is right and wrong?