Ruin and Renewal - A Technological Renaissance The earthquakes of 1980, centered very near Atripalda, heavily damaged the winery. But from that tragedy emerged a technological renaissance. Mastroberardino seized the opportunity to refurbish the facility with state-of-the-art equipment, such as specially designed presses customized by grape variety, refrigerated stainless steel tanks for the white wines and rotary fermentation vessels for the red wines. Currently, the family is developing a groundbreaking new technology capable of analyzing a wine's aroma, known as the "electronic nose". Today, the winery is recognized as one of the most advanced in all of Europe. In recent years, the Mastroberardino's have created several consortiums that offer technical support of area farmers. The consortiums continue to raise the quality level of Campania wines, while preserving the area's winemaking culture and boosting its economy. Mastroberardino's commitment to the area has not been lost on the Italian government. Recently the winery, registered as a research body with the Ministry of Universities and Scientific Research, was awarded the project of replanting ancient vineyards in the historic city of Pompeii. Mastroberardino produces a wonderful array of white, red and rose wines which are all vinified exclusively from "archeological" vines, indigenous varieties like Fiano and Piedirosso, cultivated by the Romans some 2,000 years ago, as well as Greco and Aglianico, vines introduced by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. Yet, there are more to these varietals than their historical significance; these ancient grapes boast exciting personalities that result in equally exciting wines. Just as important in shaping the character of Mastroberardino's wines, though, is the vines' terroir - the soil, elevation, exposure and climate that nurtures these grapes.