If you want to go on a unique tour of wine regions, then there are many locations across the world that will offer you a unique and delightful foray into the wine world. The rolling hills of Burgundy may be the typical haunt of the wine connoisseur, but there are other equally notable locations that deserve a visit at some stage of your wine journey.
Such locations are not a secret, but you may be surprised by the wondrous wine that these regions hold despite not being as famed as their counterparts.
A site known the world over, but not for its wine. Pompeii is a location of particular interest for those who find the world of Ancient Rome fascinating, particularly the incident that saw Mount Vesuvius erupt and wipe out a whole city of people. Many explore the ruins of the city and traverse the peak of this still active volcano to experience the beauty and sadness of this area.
An Ancient Roman city found near the site of modern Naples, it was a bustling city with a complex water system, amphitheatre, gym and a busy port. At the time of the volcanic eruption, there were an estimated 11,000 citizens of Pompeii. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD claimed the lives of the whole town. The destruction was so complete, in fact, that the site was not re-discovered for over a thousand years in 1599. Although, excavation did not properly begin until 1748 under the guidance of Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre, a Spanish engineer.
The preservation of artefacts is particularly impressive, largely due to the lack of air and moisture beneath the layers of volcanic ash. Plaster has also been used to fill in spaces left by the residents of Pompeii, making it possible to see the exact position of the citizen when he or she died.
Its unique insight into the world of the Roman Empire makes this an incredibly important archaeological site – a fact which has contributed to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Not only can you see the beauty of this ancient city and its downfall, but you can experience the wine that the Pompeiians would have drunk prior to this natural disaster. A product of the Villa Dei Misteri, it is a red wine which has a ripe plum and cherry undertone that is underscored by a spicy cinnamon. It is a medium wine that is well balanced, drawing flavour from the natural volcanic soils of Pompeii whilst following the ancient Roman tradition of Vigna a Palo to harvest the grapes and produce the wine.
For a taste of the ancient world for both your eyes and your taste buds, a tour of the Pompeii vineyards will undoubtedly be the experience of a lifetime.
No matter where you choose to escape to on a wondrous wine tour, our cellars are ideal for storing your wine throughout the year and at Spiral Cellars we offer a wide range of wine rooms and cellars sure to fit your requirements. Contact our team on 0203 815 3329; we are always happy to answer any query you might have.