Wines from Basilicata (Lucania)
The volcanic slopes of extinct Mt. Vulture comprise the premiere terroir for Basilicata's heroic reds. Rugged Norman castles and Romanesque churches bear stony witness to the myriad cultural influences in this remote southern part of Italy.
Basilicata — Italy's ancient Magna Graecia — was settled by the Greeks early in the 7th century BC. These heroic mariners brought with them the vines from their homeland. In fact, the now-famous grape of the region, Aglianico (ah-l'yee-AH-nee-co) most likely derives its name from the word Hellenico. Called "the Barolo of the South," Aglianico wine has the second highest polyphenol index among grape varieties. The richest and most complex wines come from the volcanic soils surrounding Aglianico di Vulture DOC.
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