Sanum students visited a winery and an olive farm immersed in the greenery of Campania

9 April 2016 - A scientific educational excursion to Roccamonfina, in the province of Caserta, to visit the "Monte Santacroce" Mountain Community and the Roccamonfina - Foce del Garigliano Regional Park. This is the proposal of teachers Maria Gemma Grillotti and Pierluigi De Felice De Felice to the students of Food in the world, first year of the Master's Degree Course in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition.

An experience that immersed the participants in various agro-pastoral realities, crossing, already during the journey, the Sacco valley and then the Lepini, Ausoni and Aurunci mountains. However, the heart of the experience was the visit to the Telaro winery, which covers an area of ​​85 hectares at the foot of the Roccamonfina volcano, now extinct. A tuffaceous and volcanic soil that favors the production of excellent wines through low environmental impact systems. It was the oenologist Pasquale Telaro who showed the students vineyards and machinery and explained the wine production methods. White, red and rosé for a total of 16 labels, among which the Galluccio stands out, produced under the DOC brand since 1997.

The second stop on the excursion was the Badevisco olive farm and its 7 olive trees, reached by crossing the Roccamonfina - Foce del Garigliano Regional Park. Within its structure, the students were able to personally carry out a panel tests of the oil, to identify its organoleptic characteristics.

The final meeting with the mayor of Roccamonfina, the president of the mountain community and the administrative manager of the Roccamonfina - Foce del Garigliano Park Authority finally allowed the students to learn about the more complex aspects of managing such a peculiar territory, for the enhancement of the quality of both traditional local agricultural products and of the rural landscape itself through a rural planninging integrated and aware, capable of recognizing the indigenous potential and of transforming planning into a true rediscovery of territorial vocations.

Giorgia, Flavia, Eleonora and Sara tell us: "We felt a strong need to move away from the image of the Land of Fires. As they have in fact repeatedly underlined to us, it is not all of the Caserta area that is affected by the burial of toxic waste: thanks to the altitude, the hilly territories have been spared from the phenomenon.A complex and fragile reality has also emerged in which there is an attempt to implement a planning based on the values ​​of sustainability and which has great strengths: the cultural heritage, the healthy environment and the historic rural landscape. A heritage to be valued".