Aglianico: a great history
The Aglianico vine is considered the most important black-berry vine in southern Italy, has a thousand-year history and has been much appreciated in ancient Rome. The articles of the presence of this vine in Italy were written by the Greeks. The most consistent news suggests that it was introduced in 700 b.C. from Pelasgi, (native people of Greece). Originally called Elleanico, it later became Hellenic, until it became Aglianico as we know it today. The Aglianico vine finds its maximum expression in Basilicata and Campania, in the territories of Vulture and Irpinia, which offer optimal pedoclimatic conditions. The Aglianico vine fears the high summer temperatures that in these territories (Irpinia-Vulture) is easily compensated by the altitude of the plants, present on medium / high hills.
Characteristics Aglianico vine
The harvesting period is between the end of October and the beginning of November, has a medium vigor and a constant productivity, the berries are small and spherical, is used for winemaking and offers the highest expression of purity. The Irpinia wines obtained from the Aglianico vine have an excellent quality level, remember among these 2 of the best known: the prestigious Taurasi Docg which rests three years of which 12 months in oak barrels, and the Taurasi Reserve which has to rest 4 years, of which 18 months in oak barrels. The excellent Irpinia Aglianico Doc is a wine that can be vinified in pure Aglianico vine, or with the addition of 15% of other varieties. From the disciplinary point of view, the vinification and the period of aging remain subjective choices of the cellar.