Basilicata’s Mount Vulture is a dormant volcano, and its vineyards are located on the lower tiers of the cone where ash deposits are thickest. Vulture wines are incredibly complex and nuanced, with dusty mineral tones and dark red-fruit notes.
Basilicata experiences hot, dry conditions ideal for this late-ripening variety, but further north, the Taurasi area of Irpinia sees twice as much rainfall. That’s more than compensated for by the region’s well-drained volcanic soils.
Here, Aglianico-based wines are structured, rich in depth and ample in length. There are several times more producers in Taurasi than in Basilicata, and Taurasi’s proximity to the bustling port city of Naples has made it easier to market the wines abroad.
Thanks to its elegance and capacity for long cellar aging, Aglianico is often referred to as “the Barolo of the South.” It’s time to let the grape stand on its own as the protagonist of some of Italy’s greatest red wines.
Aglianico on the Rise