Aglianico Grape Variety
Aglianico is a red wine grape variety of Greek origin originally planted in the Campania and Basilicata regions of southern Italy over 2,500 years ago when southern Italy was a Greek colony known as Magna Graecia or Oenotria.
The grapes thrived until the late 19th century when it was almost destroyed by phylloxera; however, since the war plantings have gradually increased.
The grape variety appears to prefer soils of volcanic origin, as well as dry and sunny location, and achieves its finest results in the two DOCs of Taurasi in Campania and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. It is an early budding, late ripening variety that can produce very long-lived wines of intensity and finesse.
Recently improved techniques in both 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.