Venture Down South with Vulture – 3 Unforgettable Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG Red Wines from Southern Italy

Basilicata, home to Agliancio del Vulture Superiore DOCG wine

Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG is a gorgeous red wine blend that was awarded its DOC status in 1971 and became a DOCG in 2010.

It is an Italian wine born out of the aglianico grape in Basilicata – a southern region in Italy. It is the only DOCG status wine from the Basilicata region.

Basilicata, the Italian region that gave rise to the wine Agliancio del Vulture Superiore DOCG
life seems to move slower in Basilicata – why not enjoy glass of your Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG?

Despite its lack of fame, it is considered one of the best red wines of the Italy. It is an ancient wine, having been introduced by Greece to southern Italy in seventh or sixth B.C. 


view of Sassi di Matera
Sassi di Matera – the historical city a two-hour drive south of Monte Vulture in Basilicata

It is even rumored that in 212 B.C. Roman soldiers used the wine to heal their wounds after battle.

The full flavor is made up of aromas from brushwood to bark and is completed with mulberry, blackberry and finally candied orange and spices.

The grapes used to create the unique wine are grown in the soil of an ancient volcano which makes it a highly specialized wine as it can only be made in the Basilicata region. The strong taste pairs well with rich dishes such as oxtail, braised dishes such as lamb, spicy sausage, dishes that contain other game such as duck and hard cheeses. The taste of Aglianico del Vulture Superiore will clash with white meats such as fish and poultry, and dishes loaded with chili. 

Consorzio di tutela dell’Aglianico del Vulture – the protective body of Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG Wines

Three Producers – Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG

Here are my three most trusted and favored producers of Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG wines.

Cantine Madonna Delle Grazie

Cantine Madonna Delle Grazie is a family run winery, following traditions and the love of wine making for over 100 years.

They have been making wine since the early 1900’s, and in 2003 expanded their wine to be sold internationally. Giuseppe Latorraca – the father of the family and business – moved the operation to the 16th century Madonna delle Grazie monastery, on the hills around Venosa.

Their vineyard now spans an impressive 8.5 hectares. Cantine Madonna Delle Grazie is based in the region of Basilicata where aglianico is rumored to have first arrived in Italy. #CinCin #AglianicodelVultureSuperioreDOCG #MadonnadelleGrazie Click To Tweet

They focus on creating vintage wines by allowing the grapes to grow naturally and do not use any pesticides, insecticides or herbicides.

Cantine Madonna Delle Grazie aims to make wine that has grace and intrigue. They welcome all visitors and tastings so be sure to visit them when in Basilicata.


Cantina Di Venosa

While you are in Venosa you could visit Cantina Di Venosa – a gorgeous vineyard and winery which takes extreme care to grow and harvest their aglianico grapes.

Having been founded in 1957 they are now a significant winery in the region. 

Their combination of high quality equipment, technique, passion and care has allowed Cantina Di Venosa to create a much admired Agliancio del Vulture Superiore DOCG @cantinadivenosa Click To Tweet


Tenure Piccini

Tenure Piccini is a fourth-generation family run vineyard.  They value the traditions of the past while still focusing on the future and finding the best methods to create a wine that is well respected.

While their vineyards were established in 1882 in Tuscany, the Piccini family has since grown to be one of the most well-respected families in wine making.

Now the family owns fives estates.  Regio Cantina – the newest and largest of their estates – produces their sumptuous Agliancio del Vulture Superiore DOCG.  Make sure to give a taste. I know you will not be disappointed.


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