Italian wine and grape guide : Aleatico


The Aleatico vine has Greek origins and is particularly common in Tuscany, Puglia and Lazio. The Aleatico is considered a semi-aromatic grape variety probably caused by a mutation of a Moscato black berry, which vaguely recalls the flavor. It gives quality wines both dry and sweet. We recommend “Aleatico of Gradoli” (Lazio) and the “Elba Aleatico Passito”. The berry is black, medium, and irregular with waxy, blue-brown skin. The bunch is medium, elongated, with a wing and with a large, pentagonal, orbicular, three-lobed or five-lobed leaf. The Aleatico vine prefers hilly terrain, well exposed and hot climates. It has medium vigor and constant production. The wine obtained from the Aleatico grape variety has ruby color, intense aroma, fruity and tending to jam with the aging of wine over the years. Smaller plantings can be found in the regions of Marche, Abruzzo and Sicily. Outside of Italy the grape is grown in Azerbaijan, Australia, California, Chile, Corsica (though not permitted in any AOC-authorized wines), Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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