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Aglianico is native to southern Italy as a red wine grape variety. The grape tends to ripen late in the season, with some harvests as late as November. Often, bad weather conditions force vineyards to harvest early, resulting in these aggressively tannic varieties (young Aglianico grapes are markedly more tannic than their ripe counterparts). Cellaring the wine for a few years will soften the tannins nicely, and its natural fruit profile will emerge.

New Aglianico wine has a deep red hue, after sufficient aging, this dark color fades to a mellow terracotta complexion, which is indicative of an optimum age. These wines continuously improve with age, having a full body, with musky berry notes. They exhibit rich flavors and are often paired with savory meats such as lamb.

Within Italy, Aglianico is occasionally referred to its original name, Ellenico (being the Italian word for “Greek”). This is not surprising as the vine is a transplant from Greece. It wasn’t known as Aglianico until the 15th century.

WineStyle recommends this Italian wine with: chicken with paprika sauce, Mallorcan braised rabbit, and barbecued lamb chops with minted peas.

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Aglianico performs well in hot climates, and often produces a prized high acidity. For this reason it has a long history of cultivation in the Mediterranean. In fact, it is believed to be the oldest cultivated, consumer grape, in human history. Aglianico was favored in ancient Rome and is famous for being the main component in the earliest known “first-growth” wine: Falernian.

Many believe Aglianico was first cultivated (in Greece) by the Phoceans from a mysterious vine, which to this day causes ampelographers much speculation. It was carried from Greece, by settlers, to Cumae Italy (near the modern day Pozzuoli), and from there it spread to the regions of Basilicata and Campania. Oddly enough, these immigrant vines are still thriving and productive in Italy, but have disappeared from the Grecian landscape. Pliny the Elder commented on Aglianico as the source of several wines, which were highly renowned in Roman Times. Order now! Buy this anciently beloved wine from our online shop. Our delivery is very fast, our price is reasonable and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.

Aglianico thrives in volcanic soil and is often planted near extinct volcanoes. In fact one of the most famous Italian varieties: Aglianico del Vulture, is produced in vineyards next to Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano.

Vineyards in Campania Italy often blend Aglianico with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in their distinctive Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) production. They also produce the only DOCG Aglianico based wine: Taurasi.

Though not widely cultivated, Aglianico can be found in Molise, Puglia and the Island of Procide (near Naples). In times past these locations heavily harvested Aglianico, but have moved on to other vines.

As Aglianico vines have a preference for dry/warm conditions, it is being tested in Australia and California. Even in these climates it tends to ripen late, and the best results from these sources have aromatic qualities of plum and chocolate.

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