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              No visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast is complete without a stop in the famous Isola di Capri.          
 A mere 50-minute fast-ferry ride from the craziness of Naples, the spectacular island of Capri,
 long known for its glitz, glamour and breathtaking views,is halfway to heaven.
 And the beautiful Capri Wine Hotel where I stayed turned out to be paradise.
 

by Kathy Ferguson Sinnes

Photos by KF Sinnes

 

Centrally located between the bustling Marina Grande and the fashionable Piazzetta, the Capri Wine Hotel is an easy walk to many of the island’s many shops, cafés and restaurants, and, if you don’t want to hire one of the quaint taxi cabs, the bus stop to scenic Anacapri is also nearby.

The wine-themed boutique hotel opened in May 2013, on fairy-tale grounds complete with grapevines, gardens and a never-ending view of the Mediterranean. Owner Raffaele Coppola, like his father and grandfather before him, was born and raised on the island. He turned his family home into a charming hotel with a focus on wine, food and la vita semplice – the simple life, which along with his father, Pietro, and his wife, Elena, he shares with his guests to make them feel they are part of the famiglia  (family) instead of mere visitors.

 

Rooms with a spectacular view

The comfortable rooms include all the modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, A/C, and WiFi. But what prevails is the matchless Italian charm with subtle touches of luxury like fabulous marble bathrooms − stanza da bagno – and the balconies offering spectacular views of the island and of the legendary Mt. Vesuvius with its plumes of smoke streaking the blue of the sky and of the sea.

Photo: Breakfast on the balcony overlooking the sea

The cozy wine bar is lined with bottles made from native grapes, such as falanghina and aglianico, as well as a selection of “the best wines of all Italy” (Chianti, Amarone, Pinot, Montepulciano). Prices range from €18 to €190 per bottle, and €4 to €12 for wine-by-the-glass. “Guests can order typical foods of the area to accompany the wines, such as cheese, salame or pinzimonio − vegetables with oil and bread,” explained Coppola.

 

Coppola’s grandfather, Vincenzo, made wine on the property back in 1930, and Raffaele hopes to one day continue the tradition of making and bottling his own wine with the same labels that appeared on his grandfather’s bottles. His plans for the hotel also include expanding the current wine bar and adding a small restaurant offering two or three specialties each evening. 

Photo: Vincenzo pouring wines for his friends (circa 1930)


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Where to Stay:

Capri Wine Hotel
Via Provinciale Marina Grande, 69 80073
Capri, Napoli, Italy
Email: info@capriwinehotel.com

For more information: http://www.capriwinehotel.com/en/index

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Even the taxis are unique on Capri

Raffaele Coppola, right, with  father Pietro  

 

A label  from Vincenzo Coppola’s bottlings hangs as artwork in the hotel rooms.

Raffaele Coppola with two of his grandfather’s bottlings.

Fresh fruit and pastries for breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grapes grown on the property are for eating, not drinking, at least for now



 

 

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