My first reaction on visiting Raito, overlooking the beautiful coast of Vietri sul Mare, was love at first sight, the kind of passion that mixes up your life and irrevocably changes it.
Thus, in 2001, I found myself owning two hectares of half-abandoned land. I rolled up my sleeves and started working to restore the site, endeavoring to fully respect both the landscape and environment and decided to plant a vineyard.
I learned that in the past the property had been known as “St. Vito ad Torcle” (from the Latin “torculum”, or press) and that there was a particular vocation for the production of grapes and citrus fruits. Therefore, after consulting with expert enologists and agronomists I decided to plant a very area-specific vineyard with ambitious goal to produce high-quality wine that would express all the fragrances and flavors that this land, which is constantly embraced by the sun, has to offer.
After years of hard work we finally reached our first objective in 2007, when we produced our first red wine called “Ragis Rosso 07“. The wine was made from Aglianico and Piedirosso grapes grown exclusively on our property which, in the meantime, had become an agricultural farm called Le Vigne di Raito (The Vineyards of Raito).