Located in Southern Italy, Basilicata is found to be more popular only in the wine circles, the region is home for as many as four DOC
Basilicata may not be the most famous Italian wine region, yet it has some very interesting wines to offer. Grapes for wine making have been grown here since ancient times. It is believed that the Greeks introduced many grape varieties to the region and they also brought in the so-called “Alberello” vine training system, also common to Sicily.
Basilicata is located between Campania, Puglia and Calabria. It is the most mountainous region in southern Italy. And it has a Mediterranean climate along the coasts and a continental climate in the mountains.
An important geological feature of the region is Mount Vulture, an inactive volcano located near the city of Potenza, where the most significant viticultural area of this region is located.
DOC and DOCG appellation wines account for about one third of the wine production.
Other wines are labeled as Basilicata IGT.
With a share of only 0.3% of total wine production in Italy, it is one of the smallest growing areas. Planted vines in Basilicata are dominated by red grape varieties. 82% of the wines produced here are red or rose and more than 80% of them are made from Aglianico grape.
Aglianico del Vulture is the most important wine appellation here in Basilicata. It is believed that this wine has ancient origins and has been produced here from the 7th or 6th century BC.
Grown on volcanic soils, Aglianico gives structured, full-bodied, concentrated red wines with marked acidity and bold fine-grained tannins. On the nose it is spicy and earthy, with the notes of dark plums and berries, coffee and chocolate. Try this wine with typical local sheep stew: a perfect pairing!
These wines are incredibly age-worthy. And, in fact, it might seem a bit rustic right upon release. So if you are patient enough, this is a perfect example to taste over the years.
Grottino di Roccanova DOC or Matera DOC. They are Malvasia-based white wines that go perfectly with some interesting local dishes, such as la rafanata (horseradish omelet).
and many others.
Wines from Basilicata are hidden gems. It is a less-known Italian wine region, but it does not make it less interesting. Anyone who is curious and ready for new discoveries should try these wines.
Aglianico grape is also grown in Campania. If you are a wine lover, it could be also interesting for you to taste three Aglianico appelations (Campanian Aglianico del Taburno and Taurasi, and Aglianico del Vulture) together to find out what are the similarities and the differences between them.
How do you pronounce “aglianico”?
in Italian is " agliànic" (pronounced "aʎi'aniko/)
What is Basilicata’s ancient name (it is still used sometimes)?