“Terre del Principe” winery
The love for vine. A dream shared with Manuela. The memory of the grandfather who carried him, as a child, around his estate on his cart. The memory of the peasants who spoke about Pallagrello and Casavecchia. These are the reasons that made Peppe Mancini abandon his profession as a lawyer in order to become a vine grower.
The same love and passion pushed Manuela Piancastelli, journalist and writer, to leave Il Mattino newspaper in order to write an important page of the viticulture of the Campania region. Pallagrello and Casavecchia owe everything to Peppe Mancini. These grapes are currently being cultivated again thanks to Peppe’s tenacity and firm belief. It was he who believed in the potential of these native grape varieties and of this territory, so very appreciated by the House of Bourbon.
A long study together with the University of Naples and the Region of Campania has finally resulted in the entry of Pallagrello Bianco, Pallagrello Nero and Casavecchia in the national Catalogue of winemaking grapes.
Pushed by a grand passion, Peppe and Manuela, later joined by Masina Mancini, have brought their dreams to life: Terre del Principe (The Prince’s Lands), a dedication from Manuela to Peppe, her prince. The company owns 11 hectares of land. The friendship and advice of Luigi Veronelli, the passion of the oenologist Luigi Moio, and the counsel of agronomist Gaetano Pascale complete the picture.
Terre del Principe was founded in Campania, between the gentle hills of Squille, a small village in the municipality of Castel Campagnano, in the province of Caserta. The territory is fringed by the mountain ranges of Taburno and Matese, enriching the soil, making this area even more ideally suited to olive and vine cultivation. Only "two gunshots" separated Squille from Caiazzo, an important historical centre in the province of Caserta, dominated by the imposing castle of Alfonso of Aragon, which he gave as a gift to Lucrezia d'Alagno.