On September 1st the MANN dedicates a gala evening to a product that has delighted people’s palates since ancient times: wine.
Within the exhibition “On Thursday night at the MANN. Arts in the garden between myth and nature”, at 7.00 p.m. the Museum hosts the lecture “Dionysus, vine and wine”, during which Mrs Federica Giacobello, University of Milan, and Mr Alberto Palliotti, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will guide those present to the discovery of the role that wine had in ancient times.
At 8,30 p.m., in the Garden of Camellias, the business Villa Matilde of Cellole (Caserta) will offer a tasting of the famous wine “Falerno del Massico”.
“When archeology and wine are on stage, Villa Matilde is always present. In fact everything started in this way, studying ancient texts, resuming the threads of memory and restoring the production of the wine of antiquity, the wine of Roman emperors, the Falerno, which today represents our identity in Italy and in the world”, has declared Mrs Maria Ida Avallone that runs the business together with her brother Salvatore.
The history of Villa Matilde starts in the sixties with the lawyer Francesco Paolo Avallone, a great lover of ancient wines, who, intrigued by the stories of Pliny and the poems of Virgil, Martial and Horace on vinum Falernum, decided to revive the legendary wine disappeared in the early of the last century. After years of study, helped by a group of friends, including some teachers of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Naples, he spotted the vines that had given birth to the Falerno in Roman times. He re-planted in the lands of Massico a few stumps miraculously survived the devastation of the phylloxera in the late of the 19th century and founded Villa Matilde.
Today the business is run by the sons of Francesco Paolo, Maria Ida and Salvatore Avallone, who with exclusive devotion continue the dream and the project of their father looking even further: from the Ager Falernus they have pushed on as far as the provinces of Benevento and Avellino with new vineyards, new projects and wines that tell the strong identity of Campania Felix.
Admittance to the Museum from 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Ticket price: Euro 2,00.