Basilicata is a region in the south of Italy, bordering on Campania to the west, Apulia (Puglia) to the east, Calabria to the south, it has one short coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea and another of the Gulf of Taranto to the south-east.
Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is an often overlooked wine region of parched hills and isolated mountains that can be bitterly cold for its southerly location. Yet this cool mountainous climate allows grapes to preserve vivid, fresh aromas and flavours. Basilicata has only one DOC in Aglianico del Vulture, but the quality of it is such that it ranks among the best known indigenous Italian reds.
Aglianico, the name of the grape, is a corruption of the word "Hellenic/ Ellenico" or Greek. The vines was originally planted by the Greeks when they settled there in pre-Roman times, when southern Italy was a Greek colony known as Magna Graecia or Oenotria. The Greeks planted many vines in the zones around the Mount Volture , which is considered the prime spot and stronghold of Aglianico today.
Aglianico can produce very long-lived wines of intensity and finesse. In the past young Aglianico wines were often fiercely tannic and harsh - fortunately improved techniques in both the vineyard and winery have led to fresher and riper wine being made that are eminently approachable in youth but also still improve with bottle age.
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