Characteristics of Aglianico del Vulture wine
The Aglianico del Vulture wine has obtained the DOC in 1971 and the DOCG in 2010 as "Aglianico del Vulture Superiore".
Compared to the other great Italian wines, among which is at full title included, the year of recognition of the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin, it might lead one to consider the Aglianico del Vulture as a recent wine.
The Aglianico vine was imported in the South of Italy by the settlers of ancient Greece.
The ancient Romans called the Aglianico vine as Vitis Hellenica and were passionate consumers of the wine they called "Ellenico".
Great lover of this fine wine Lucan was the Latin poet Orazio, from Venosa, the current town of Vulture, where it still produces wine Aglianico.
Finally, this fine wine is named "Aglianico" during the period of Aragonese domination in the XV century.
The Aglianico del Vulture of our time is the great wine that everyone knows in Italy, among others, for the following characteristics:
- 11.5 to 13% alcohol by volume;
- intense ruby red color;
- fragrant and vinous, reminiscent of red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry;
- of powerful taste and full, dry and balanced, it gains in smoothness with some year of aging.
Other important characteristics distinguish the Aglianico del Vulture wine:
- made from Aglianico grapes in purity;
- these grapes must be grown in the Vulture area, in Basilicata, in the municipalities defined by its Production Regulations;
- in the same territory it must be vinified and must be aged.
Aglianico del Vulture can be defined as "Riserva" after at least 5 years of aging in barrique.