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Aglianico del Vulture

Aglianico del Vulture is an ancient red grape variety originating from Greece. It owes its name to the term Elleanico (in Italian it means Greek), that during the Government of Aragon changed in pronunciation. Its birthplace is definitely the Vulture area in Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Mount Vulture (1326 m.s.l.) is an extinct volcano and on its slopes Aglianico has found its perfect climate and soil conditions. The Aglianico del Vulture is a variety with small bunches, with grapes of an intense blue color that prefers high volcanic soils and hills, sensitive to the heat and autumn frosts.

The spread of the Aglianico grape led to the registration in the National Register of Grapes of two different grape varieties, the Aglianico, grown mainly in Campania, and the Aglianico del Vulture, grown in Basilicata.

Aglianico del Vulture has black, medium-small, ellipsoidal berries with waxy, thin, black skin. The cluster is medium-small, cylindrical, often winged, and compact. The wines made from the Aglianico del Vulture grapes have a deep ruby color with a fruity, very intense, nose evolving with age and becoming more complex, acquiring scents of spices and flowers. The Aglianico del Vulture is a wine of great concentration, alcohol content, structure and minerality and suited to wood ageing.

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