Candidaterra is the name we gave to our farm , it contains the name of Ventotene’s patroness Saint Candida and it is also the adjective expressing our holy respect for the land, our viticulture business bans use of pesticide, insecticide and any kind of polluting chemicals, fully respecting the rules that regulates Natural Reserve of Ventotene and Santo Stefano islands.
Our business was born in 2013 with firm intention of resurrecting viticulture activity in Ventotene that has been producing enological excellence for ages and unfortunately abandoned due to depopulation of the island and young drain from farming.
Its vineyards , at the moment , stretch over 2 hectares , considering that Ventotene is a very small island of 189 hectares in total, it is a rarity.
They are situated on soils of volcanic origin in the central area of the island at about 50 meters above sea level, vineyards are south-facing with a full and continuous solar radiation and vines are cultivated following the system of Guyot farming. Candidaterra is a family farm that permits to Luigi to personally take care of the whole production cycle: from cultivation of the vinestocks to the vinification , from the processing in the cellar to the bottling and subsequent commercialization.
Total lack of skills and experiences in such difficult field proved to be an insurmountable obstacle soon and, despite the precious spiritual and material support of my father Modesto, that never fell , the road of adventure appeared always rising and the production of an ordinary wine was on the air , outcome never desired. Suddenly, as evidence that fortune favours the brave , happened that doctor Vincenzo Mercurio, an enologist much appreciated at national level, became aware of what was going on at Ventotene and , after knowing me , decided to “ adopt “ my project enriching it with his high culture and experience in the field of wine.
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In 2019 the product was finally presented in the Italian wine world, rich for centuries in sacred monsters of excellence, I remember very well that my knees trembled until the first appreciations and compliments from competent people in the sector arrived. The production of Pandataria is limited in quantity to the advantage of quality – which remains my main goal – it is highly appreciated as an aperitivo and considered perfect to accompany all dishes based on fish, white meat or vegetables. The success achieved, in addition to rewarding six years of total and intense commitment, confirms that I am on the right path and encourages me to continue with new investments that will allow in the future to increase and improve production, while remaining a “niche product” and responding to the familiar character of the Candidaterra farm.