Aglianico del Vulture is an ancient red vine originating in Greece. In fact, it owes its name to the word Elleanico (Hellenic, which comes from Greece) and to the Mount Vulture, the extinct volcano overlooking the whole territory of the province of Potenza, in Basilicata.
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The diffusion of this vine in vast areas of southern Italy has endowed it with great adaptability to the cultivation zone, and made it develop at least two distinct varieties: Aglianico properly so-called, mainly grown in Taurasi, Campania, and Aglianico del Vulture, from Basilicata. More recently, extensive investigations carried out through DNA analysis allowed to establish that Aglianico and Aglianico del Vulture are actually two biotypes of the same variety, having the same genetic identity. Aglianico del Vulture’s grapes are small, with blue-black coloured berries from which full-bodied masses are obtained. But they are also rich in acidity and tannins, which generally need long aging before bottling. The result are wines of intense ruby red colour with garnet nuances. To the nose they usually recall ripe red fruit or jam, and spicy notes as well as balsamic touches are never lacking. To the mouthfeel these wines are deep, sapid, of strong character and suitable for aging, for sure.
Aglianico del Vulture, whose denomination is divided into DOC and DOCG Superiore, was born in the north-eastern territories of Basilicata, amongst the municipalities of Rionero in Vulture, Barile, Rapolla, Ripacandida, Ginestra, Maschito, Forenza, Acerenza, Melfi, Atella, Venosa, Lavello, Palazzo San Gervasio, Banzi, Genzano di Lucania.
Source: ALSIA – Agenzia Lucana di Sviluppo e di Innovazione in Agricoltura.