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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...

  • Primitivo

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

  • Muscat

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Aglianico

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

  • Greco

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  • Grifalco Aglianico Grico 2013


    Tart with berryish notes Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • If you want to do Nebbiolo at a price, Ghemme (Cantalupo is my go to) is safe ... Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata.  I'm pretty sure the Northern secessionists would be willing to take Tuscany along with them, but according to the Padania movement, it's not part of Padania.For statistical purposes, Italy's census doesn't consider Tuscany... Read More

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  • Tenuta I Gelsi Gelso Rosso 2011


    A nice peppery finish. Read More

    Wine review by drew522

  • Wow, I've been missing a lot. I should post about the value wines I'm ... Maschitano Rosso Rosso di Basilicata 13% $15Powerful and tannic on the finish with a suggestion of bitterness to the mineral and think black cherry skin fruit flavors that finger on the palate, this is a serious wine. A bit strict and austere, I love it and think it has ... Read More

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  • Donato d'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Ringworm

  •  i'm a regular pinot and cab drinker mainly oregon some ... garda and ... garda and earthy wines from basilicata. i dont much care where it comes from as long as its goo Read More

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  • Pipoli Rosato Aglianico Basilicata IGT 2011


    Very decent and pleasant wine, especially given its affordable pricing. Read More

    Wine review by Rijn

  • Aglianico del Vulture Terre di Vulcano Bisceglia 2009


    Wow, what a nose of mildly unpleasant wet dog! Taste is much better, spicy, fruity, and slightly floral. "Barolo of the south." Read More

    Wine review by johanna83

  • Roinos DOC Aglianico del Vulture 2006


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    Wine review by Teabird

  • Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Basilicata IGT 2011


    This is very dark Earthy, savory (herbal) smell. No wood. Tastes like olives. Very savory (little fruit) and is tannic! I've never had a tannic zinfandel. This wine is spitting out so much crud in my glass it looks like a warzone. Fits the story well. 14.5% but doesn't seem like it..very smooth wine. Very good, but not super memor... Read More

    Wine review by benjamindehoog

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