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Basilicata is a region in southern Italy, with Campania and Puglia to the north and Calabria to the south. The region is also sometimes referred to by the name, Lucania, for its first known ancient settlers, the Lucanians (referring to the Latin word “lucan,” or forest). The Greeks, who produced its first wines, took it over in the 7th century BC, and the Romans in the 3rd. The Byzantines came next, renaming it “Basilikos,” which can mean either prince or governor.  Next came the Normans, Germanic Swabians and the Saracens. The Italian unification became official in the late 19th century, but the Roman Catholic church distributed much of the wine country to various nobility who couldn’t be bothered to keep up wine cultivation. A long period of violent social uprising and widespread banditry came as a result of the noble land ownership. It wasn’t until after World War II that legitimate agricultural land distribution and industrial innovations finally Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Greco

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

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