Empson USA Tenute di Altavilla

Fact Sheet


Location: Cellole, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy.

Maria Ida Avallone is a woman who forges her own path. In October 2014, she purchased the winery and vineyards of Altavilla, which had previously been rented by Villa Matilde. As of that moment, the wines of Tenute di Altavilla were vinified in the Altavilla winery itself. This new era in Villa Matilde history corresponds to greater responsibilities for the new generation: Maria Ida's 20-year- old daughter, Maria Cristina and Maria Ida's niece and nephew, Matilde and Francesco.

Maria Cristina Matilde and Francesco have 51% ownership of the new winery, flanked and mentored by Maria Ida. The young owners will certainly have their say in distinguishing Tenute di Altavilla from Villa Matilde starting with new packaging designs which deviate from the classic look of the Villa Matilde wines. In fact, the distinction will go so far as to eliminate the Villa Matilde name from Altavilla labels, thus allowing a more streamlined image to be associated with the DOCGs of the Avellino province and their growing market.

One thing the new owners did not change was the winemaker, Riccardo Cotarella. He is considered by many to be one of Italy's greatest winemaker, and has even been called "one of the world's most influential wine personalities and is Italy's answer to France's Michel Rolland" by Robert Parker. Riccardo has always believed that Italy has had the ability to produce great wines and that native grapes tend to express the terroir best.

Tenute di Altavilla has 62 acres under vine and is located on tuffaceous soil, rich in clay, endowing the wines with decided personality and superb intensity. The microclimate, with its warm days and cool nights, and the sloping terrain all combine to create wines of elegance and finesse.