Taurasi's wine is the referring point for everyones who's willing to learn to appreciate the great qualities of Irpinia 's finest wines. Taurasi town it's the original birth place of famous Aglianico wine, and it is right in this town that in Mr. Antonio Caggiano's cellar best crops of grapes are sapiently worked to produce the only red wine from the Campania region insigned with the highest "DOCG" quality mark: the Taurasi wine.
Antonio Caggiano has made a very important achievement: his wine-producig company has recently scored the highest degustation ratio according to the statistics reported by the most famous guide to Italian wines called "Gambero Rosso". The Taurasi land, an ancient Irpinian village, forms the heart of the area of production of Taurasi DOCG. It' s in the Taurasi region of Contrada Sala that Antonio Caggiano's Azienda Agricola was built.
In 1990 it was decided to build the wine centres, from an idea of Antonio Caggiano, partly for pleasure, partly for the challenge, not only to rediscover the smells and flavours previously lost in Taurasi wine, but also to create a small museum of the agricolture tools used in the past. The building has a modern technical structure with an antique taste, the visitor can wander through the centres, which gives the impression of a mysterious underground land, between walls made of a large stones, arches and vaults.
Taurasi is an important wine center for the region and combines the award winning wines with homely cooking based on homemade pasta, cattle-breeding, oil and walnut.But Taurasi is more... is handicraft, with its stone working or ironworking and with the ancient art of "ricamo a tombolo" and pottery; is architecture with its amazing historic town center, ruled by the Longobard castle and medieval structures and stone portals; is history thanks to its Sannitic roots, Romanic and longobards dominations and then feud of Filangieri, Carafa and Latilla clans in the middleage.
Taurasi is religion and faith, through the routes that starts from the Church of "Collegiata S. Marciano Vescovo" (VII sec.) toward the church of "SS. Rosario (1582)", the Chapel of "S. Rocco e S. Sebastiano" to reach the other religion sites spreaded out into the "Medio Calore" Valley: "Santuario di S. Ciriaco" (loc. Torre le Nocelle), "S. Maria Assunta e S.Anna" Church (loc. Montemiletto), "Collegiata della SS. Annunziata" Church (loc. Pietradefusi).
Taurasi is folklore and tradition. The River "Calore" valley in which the town of Taurasi is melted in, is marked by historical commemoration of the assault at the castle of "Leonessa" in Montemiletto, that allows a deep diving into local traditions like "Sagra delle castagne" (the chestnut festival) (loc. Montefusco in October), "Sagra dell'uva e del vino" (The wine and grapes festival) (loc. Montemiletto in September), "Sagra del fusillo e dell'aglianico" (the "fusillo" pasta and "Aglianico" wine Festival)(loc. Pietradefusi in August), "Sagra del Torrone" (kind of nougat Festival) Loc. Dentecane in November, "Sagra del Taurasi" ("Taurasi" Wine Festival) loc. Taurasi in August, "Sagra della Pizza Chiena" (Pizza Festival) loc. Torre le Nocelle in October and "Sagra degli gnocchi e della carne alla brace" (Gnocchi pasta and barbecued meat) that fill with happiness the nights of Venticano in August.