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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...

  • 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 ...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Greco

  • 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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  • Tenuta del Portale Starsa Basilicata IGT 2005


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by brianmaxwellkern

  • Titolo Aglianico Fucci 2001


    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

  • Cantine del Notaio Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture la Firma 2006


    Fantastic... I bought from - not listed on website but they have stocks of the stuff.Opened on Christmas day 2010, every glass just got better than the previous one. Read More

    Wine review by usl910

  • Crane Lake Pinot Noir California 2007


    I'll admit, I've been aging this bottle a bit more than intended--must've purchased it a year or two ago. We just drank it with dinner last night,! What a wonderful surprise. We were having an oddly eclectic meal--we were fortunate to get 2 fresh Dungeness crabs, but had planned to be making a homemade pizza (gluten-free, herbed crust ... Read More

    Wine review by summitgalena

  • Grifalco di Lucania Aglianico del Vulture 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by glharv

  • Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture 2007


    Had this wine last night with a dinner of roasted root vegetables with a savory tahini sauce. Steamed kale with ginger dressing and brown rice and aduki beans.You might be surprised I paired a red with a dinner like this but this wine had beautiful soft apple and woodsy flavors that complemented the dinner perfectly.Very fine in every respect. Read More

    Wine review by Manoavino

  • Re Manfredi Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by MarkAurel

  • Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture 2007


    Very impressive wine for the price, I thought it was a much more expensive super Tuscan. Read More

    Wine review by Kin Q

  • Elena Fucci Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by EmpiredElegance

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