Casa D'Ambra is a winery on the island of Ischia, founded in 1888 by Francesco D'Ambra, known as "Don Ciccio", who dedicated to the highly appreciated Ischia wines trade on the market of Naples at the turn of the century. In 1952 Francesco, Michele and Salvatore's sons succeeded Francesco and the winery was transformed into a model winery, in which the native Biancolella, Forastera and Per' 'e Palummo grapes were vinified and bottled. In 1984 Mario D'Ambra became the unique owner, aiming at conquering national and foreign markets. In 2000 the estate passed to the oenologist Andrea D'Ambra, the youngest of Mario's nephews, who still continues the family winemaking tradition, started in 1888 by his grandfather Francesco after more than 100 years.
The presence of viticulture on the island of Ischia is not only productive, but it figures as landscape protection and ethnic-cultural protection. The extremely high production costs and passioned tenacity for viticulture in a difficult orographic situation have determined the adjective of "crazy angels" by wine journalists and experts. The winery, a building set in a natural amphitheater on the slopes of Mount Epomeo, is spread over an area of 3500 square meters and inside it all stages of production are carried out.
The vineyards owned by the company cover about 4 hectares in the Frassitelli area and 1 hectare in the Montecorvo area, plus the grapes of other Ischian cooperatives. The company aims decisively on local grape varieties: Biancolella, Forastera, Uvarilla (white) and Piedirosso and Guarnaccia (red). Moreover, as evidence of an attention to the improvement of grapes quality and old varieties, in 1995 an experimental field was set up like a kind of "genetic bank" for the recovery of the vanished grape varieties, planted in the Frassitelli estate. Therefore, Guarnaccia and Guarnaccello, Coda Cavallo and Streppa rossa, Rillottola and Don Lunardo, as well as Catalanesca, Roman Grape, Procida Grape, Coglionara Grape, will be able to return to live in the wine-growing landscape of Ischia.
The current vinification and refinement processes have helped to enhance the two characteristics of D'Ambra wines: the delicacy of the aromas and the taste always defined as "almond". Since 1966 the wines of Ischia have been recognized with the Ischia DOC, thanks to the initiative of the brothers Mario, Michele, Salvatore.