Probably already described by Pliny, pallagrello nero is proving to be one of the most appreciated grapes of the upper Caserta area, in northern Campania. It is a return to the glory days of the eighteenth century of this vine, which, admired by Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, was collected in the Vigna del Ventaglio of San Leucio di Caserta, an extensive semi-circle vineyard with ten rays, destined for the ten most prestigious varieties of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Today it is cultivated and enhanced within the Terre del Volturno IGT: it is of a fairly intense red, softer than aglianico already when young but more structured than a piedirosso. Fruit and fragrance jump out at you on the nose, sometimes made deeper by a bit of ageing, and, on the palate, dynamism, sapidity and persistence. It takes its name from the rounded shape of the "ball shaped" berries.