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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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  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Laluce Aglianico del Vulture "Zimberno" 2006

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    At first i was a little put off, it's odd, high acid (a hint of vinegar), a little port like without the good notes, but after a day or two it develops a bit. It's a bit dirty, earthy, and unfiltered; lots of dark fruit, and fairly full. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Rocca Normanna le Sciare Primitivo Salento Other Italy 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by goldh37


  • Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture 2007

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    One of my favourites, nice cherry scented, rich on minerals and other earthy flavours by taste. Nice complexity and lots to discover. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Eleano Eleano Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2005

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    Wine review by luca chevalier


  • Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Gudarrà 2006

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    From my online review of Bisceglia's Gudarra 2006 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/If youre a fan of big reds, youre going to love this wine. Bring a glass of Gudarrà up to your nose and youll sense dark plum and blackberry fruits, dried savory herbs, and earth lots of it. Sip this jet-black wine ... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


  • Terre Degli Svevi Aglianico del Vulture Re Manfredi 2005

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    Smooth sipping wine. Nice for a 60 degree San Francisco Saturday afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by tdelay


  • Tenuta del Portale Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Riserva NV

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    Excellent tanic structure for this price range. No off flavors whatsoever. ... ... Southern Italy (especially Basilicata) are off the radar and so are still very under-priced. Raisin notes. Delicious chalk sensation on the lips. A great entry-level introduction to the grape, the expression of which can be extremely diverse. What would it taste... Read More

    Wine review by Drunk Dago


  • Tenuta del Portale Starsa Basilicata IGT 2005

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    Ruby-red colour with medium-light intensity. Delicate red fruit on the nose. Good balance with medium body. Pleasing fruit flavours and a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by The Wine Teacher


  • Odoardi Scavigna Vigna Garrone 2003

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    Wine review by brianmaxwellkern


  • Titolo Aglianico Fucci 2001

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    This is a pleasant, delicate wine, with a textured dryness. Opens with aromas of honey mixed with plum, prune, blueberry, spicy pepper, smoky cedar and dusty earth. The palate begins with a subtle, low-key medley of slightly sour raisins, compact fruits and assorted spices. Tangy acidity grows during the first hour to support a lengthier fini... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire


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