Falernian was basically the Cristal of ancient Rome - the nectar of the gods, out of reach to mere mortals, drunk only by the mega rich. And it’s believed to have been made from this variety, Falanghina.
Fortunately Falanghina’s modern incarnation is a lot more accessible. But in terms of quality, we reckon this would still get a big thumbs up from Nero.
It’s dry, fruity and incredibly refreshing, with wafts of orange blossom and flavours of tangy citrus, pineapple and white peach. Really fun to drink as an aperitif, it comes into its own with food.
Given its spiritual homeland in the Campanian countryside around Naples, you’re almost obligated to open a bottle with a proper Neapolitan pizza.