Wines of Basilicata

While in Matera during lunch a wine in particular stood up for me: Aglianico del Vulture.

A very good red, sometimes called the ”Barolo” of the South, that can also reach a good price.


The slopes of Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano north of Basilicata, represent the ideal habitat for this great wine. Its color is ruby red, tending towards garnet with aging, on the nose it is intense and harmonious, fruity, with hints of spices and toasting, on the palate it is warm, soft, fresh, sapid and rightly tannic.


There are 3 production areas of Basilicata DOC wines: Aglianico del Vulture, Matera and Terre del Alta Val d’Agri.

The DOC Terre of Alta Val d’Agri, also in the province of Potenza, provides for the use of international vines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot as well as Malvasia di Basilicata.

In the Matera DOC wines such as Bianco, Greco, Rosso, Moro, Primitivo and sparkling wine are produced, obtained by refermentation in the bottle.

The most widespread vines in this DOC are Sangiovese, Primitivo, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Greco, White Malvasia from Basilicata and Tuscan Trebbiano.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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