The Taurasi DOCG is another great Italian wine very little known outside Italy. The Taurasi DOCG is a red wine made from grapes grown in an area called Irpinia, an area where other two great DOCG wines are made, the whites Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo, and is mainly made with Aglianico grape with up to 15% of other locally grown red grapes. Many producers only use Aglianico grapes.
The Taurasi “disciplinare”, the wine regulations that tell wine makers the wine making process, says that a wine to be called Taurasi, not only needs to be made with the at least 85% of Aglianico and aged for a minimum of 3 years before being released with a least one in wooden barrels, for the Taurasi to be labelled as Taurasi Riserva DOCG, the ageing required increase to 4 years.
The Taurasi DOCG wine, also called the Barolo of the south, is one of the finest Italian wines, and suitable for long ageing.