The name of Villa Matilde is linked to the famed Falerno del Massico wine of ancient times, which, after centuries of oblivion, was brought back to life by Francesco Paolo Avallone, who founded the farm in the Sixties. The Falerno del Massico Doc is now one of Campania’s most popular products and Villa Matilde’s undisputed pride in 28 countries of the world. Francesco Paolo died in 2006 and the farm is now run by his heirs, Salvatore and Maria Ida Avallone: for the past twenty years they have successfully continued their father's project of blending local culture and innovation in their work, entrusting their wines to oenologist Fabio Gennarelli and to the advice of Riccardo Cotarella.
They have now spread their wings from the province of Caserta, which still hosts the main farm (with a guesthouse, a zero km restaurant and tasting areas), to new vineyards in the provinces of Benevento and Avellino, thus introducing new projects and wines that show the strong identity of the Campania Felix. Villa Matilde inaugurated Tenuta Rocca dei Leoni in 2000 and the Tenuta d'Altavilla in 2004, giving life to the production of new wines, among them the powerful Taurasi. Quality is the first rule of the production as Villa Matilde does not produce serial wines, but instead invests continuously in study and research: created in 2015, the wine in amphora experiment is the first time the Falerno red wine has been fermented and aged for 12 months in Pithos and Dolia terracotta amphorae, modelled on those used in antiquity and made exclusively for Villa Matilde.
The farm accompanies its historical culture with a deeply-felt respect for the environment: Villa Matilde has been working on its "zero emissions" project for over ten years, making use of a series of integrated operations to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions that cover the entire production of the farm, from the vineyard to the final distribution.
In recent years, the research in the farm cellar has produced sparkling wines like the Mata Rosè, made from Aglianico grapes and the white Mata from Falanghina grapes, based on the Classical champagne Method. Produced exclusively with grapes from the historic vineyards of the Tenuta di San Castrese of the Ager Falernus, on the slopes of the volcano of Roccamonfina, they interpret the territory in a new and lively way and stand out for their long permanence on the yeasts: 42 months for the rosé and 65 for the white wine.