• Italy: Basilicata, Campania


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Aglianico is an ancient red grape that was originally planted in Campania and Basilicata, Italy and is still almost exclusively found there. Called the “Nebbiolo of the South”, this is a grape that has the potential to produce high quality wines that can age very well. Like Nebbiolo, Aglianico is high in acidity and tannin which is especially noticeable in younger wines and can sometimes make it a less popular choice among consumers.

However, the high level of acidity makes it perfect for aging, allowing the tannins to soften and the aromas to develop and gain more spice and herbal notes. One difference between Nebbiolo and Aglianico is the thickness of the skins, with the latter having thick skins and in turn producing much darker and deeper colored wines than the translucent Nebbiolos.

Aglianico is a grape that ripens late and if picked too early, runs the risk of becoming too intense in tannins and overpowering. It grows best in dry, hot climates with volcanic soils that are high in minerals and have good draining abilities.

Aglianico Regions

Aglianico can also be found in Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Molise but where it really thrives is on the volcanic soils of Campania and Basilicata. Campania has Aglianico del Taburno DOCG and Taurasi DOCG while Basilicata has Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG. The volcanic soils Campania and Basilicata are affected by their proximity to volcanic regions. Taurasi soils are high in minerals from the nearby mount Vesuvius while Aglianico del Vulture is situated on Mount Vulture which is an extinct volcano.

Aglianico, regions, campania, basilicata

Taurasi DOCG

  • Campania
  • Some of the best Aglianico wines
  • Minimum 85% Aglianico, can be blended with Primitivo, Barbera, Piedirosso
  • Great ageing potential
  • Full bodied, high in tannins and acidity
  • Black and red berry notes
  • Alcohol level: minimum 12% and minimum 12.5% for Riserva

Aglianico del Taburno DOCG

  • Campania
  • 85% Aglianico
  • Grows on soils that are more clay-like and limestone
  • Slightly lighter in tannins than the Taurasi wines
  • Red berry notes
  • Great ageing potential
  • Alcohol level: minimum 12% and 13% for Riserva

Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG

  • Basilicata
  • South Italy’s equivalent of Barolo and Barbaresco
  • 100% Aglianico
  • Bold, tannic, earthy, mineral, intense fruit aromas
  • Benefits from aging
  • Grows on volcanic soils from the Mount Vulture
  • Alcohol level: minimum 12%