Women in Wine Fridays: Silvia Imparato & Montevetrano from Campania

I decided to repost this blog today and then I noticed that I had written it exactly five years ago today. Strange coincidence. I have had many occasions to meet Silvia Imparato since this was published and now it’s 24 years since I first heard of her wine from a friend in Milan. The wines are still as beautiful as the first time I tried them. Here’s to things that last. I also thought I would repost this because I am dusting off and amplifying my women in wine series – stay tuned.

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Monte Vetrano

I first heard the name Montevetrano more than 19 years ago from a friend in Milan who knew the family. He had a birthday this week and has been on my mind so I thought I would write about this lovely wine. I met part of the family in 1997 and finally met Silvia Imparato in 2010 at Vinitaly when I was translating for the Wine Spectator at meetings they held with various regions of Italy.

I found her to be very approachable and open then as I did at the most recent OperaWine event this year. Imparato makes wines with Riccardo Cotarella as her winemaker in Montevetrano, a small area near Salerno in the Campania region of Italy. Her wines are made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,  and Aglianico, the signature indigenous grape of this region.

The grapes are harvested in the same order as they…

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