HISTORY

Lacryma Christi of Vesuvius is the oldest wine of the Italian peninsula.
Its history get lost in the mists of time and is accompanied by several legends

The most famous is the following: Lucifer, on his descent to the Underworld, tore and brought with him a piece of Paradise. Jesus, acknowledging in the Gulf of Naples what had been taken from him, wept profusely.
From his tears the wine of Lacryma Christi was miraculously born.

Equally well known is the other legend: Jesus visited an hermit who had settled on the flounces of Vesuvius. Attracted by his commendable faith, before the parting, he transforms his drink, not very drinkable, into an excellent wine of Vesuvius.

The wines of Vesuvius were already famous and required at the time of the Romans, when much of the production was exclusively reserved for the imperial court.

The compositions of many Latin Poets are a riot of festive notes towards Vesuvian wine.
The poet Martial, in one of his epigrams, decries its essence and goodness: “Haec iuga quam Nysae plus Bacchus amavit”. “Bacchus loved these hills more than his native hills of Nisa.”

The last archaeological excavations, dating back 4000 years, have unearthed remarkable evidence of ancient winemaking processes.

According to Aristotle, the Vesuvian wine tradition dates back to the Tessalis who, emigrated from their native Greece, settled in the Vesuvian valley, where they planted the first vines.

During the Middle Ages, the Jesuits seized all the land adjacent to the Volcano, thus becoming the sole producers and custodians of the sacred Lacryma Christi wine.

In the year 1000 A.D. Lacryma Christi was produced only by some monks, whose monastery stood at the foot of Vesuvius.

Charles III of Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies Kingdom, on the 7th of September in 1756 made the “Sum-Vesuvius” section the first Royal Reserve in Europe, outlining with a letter R its borders, thus
protecting and preserving its importance, as well as protecting the producing vineyards of our great Lacryma Christi.

At the end of the 1700s and in the following two centuries, numerous awards and awards were given to the producers of Vesuvian Lacryma Christi  at the Paris World’s Fair.

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1800
First GenerationAt the beginning of the 1800s the Ambrosio family already produces wine which it sells in demijohns to taverns and cellars in Naples.
1905
In the early 1900s, the company began to bottle wine officially.
1946
After the bombings of the Second World War and the eruption of Vesuvius, the company resumed its normal activity with great difficulty.
1990
Execution of excavation and research work to bring to light varieties of grapes that have disappeared from the Vesuvian territory for centuries and are only kept in memory thanks to the monks' registers.
2005
First Vesuvian company to embrace the organic cultivation project in its vineyards located almost all in the Vesuvius National Park, the cradle of biodiversity to be preserved. Furthermore, the collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture of the Federico II University of Naples begins on the research and experimentation of indigenous Vesuvian varieties. The studies conducted by Dr. Vincenzo Semola who studied and classified the Vesuvian wine varieties as far back as 1848 were analyzed.
2014
The Last GenerationFerdinando Ambrosio inherits the family business, determined to relaunch Lacryma Christi at European and world level.
2016
Lacrymanera Riserva 2014 is a gold medal in the international wine magazine of James Suckling.
2017
-Lacrymanera Riserva 2014 is awarded the gold medal at the International Challenge Gilbert & Gaillard. -Leone d'Oro 2017 for entrepreneurship. Vigne Ambrosio company is awarded as the best Italian winery for the year 2017 and wins the nomination for the 2018 "Leone d'Oro Grand Prix" in Venice.