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my

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I'm Sarah Pompei. In 1904, my paternal great-grandfather immigrated to America from Gesualdo, a small village in Irpinia, to help make the money needed to financially support his family back in Italy. One hundred years later, I visited to learn more about our family's history and the land my family had called home. I instantly knew I had to share this Southern Italian mountain oasis with others. 

So how was I going to bring Irpinia to America? The answer seemed simple: through the region's incredible artisanal wines. But the goal of wine club isn't just to deliver delicious bottles direct to your door from the cantina, but to have you come visit in person, meet the winemakers, and know the people who make this region so special.  

The first fifteen years of my career were spent working to promote causes and ideas I believe in, and my current adventure is no different. With essentially no tourism and a population eager to share their wine, food, history, and culture, Irpinia is a hidden gem of Southern Italy. My passion is to help you find the best the region has to offer.

 

I hope you'll join me on this journey and learn about Irpinia through the amazing wines, the people who make them, and the traditions that continue to drive every aspect of life here.

about

irpinia

Irpinia is just an hour drive from Naples and the Amalfi Coast, so why is it that even Italians from outside this Southern Italian mountain refuge don't know it? It's truly a mystery considering Irpinia boasts over 200 wineries across 140 villages, some of the best food, and warmest people you'll find in Italy.  

Here you won't find many who speak English, you won't find your favorite hotel chain, and you won't find tourist pricing. What you'll find is an authentic experience unlike any other.  

There's no shortage of incredible small-production winemakers crafting virtually undiscovered bottles from native grapes including Irpinia Aglianico (red wines), Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe (white wines), and Coda di Volpe Rosa (incredibly rare).

 

Families run award winning restaurants that showcase the best of the region's culinary history and seasonal offerings. And if you know who to ask, they'll even teach you some of their familly secrets that stretch back generations. 

The region is a living history of they way things used to be in Southern Italy, an experience unlike any other you'll find. But only if you know where to look.

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