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Taurasi is a wine region based on the Aglianico grape, located in Campania in southern Italy. The vineyards are within the high altitude area of Avellino, in soils composed of many elements, most notably limestone and volcanic ash. The wines from Taurasi have a tannic grip and slightly smoky finish unlike other Aglianicos, and this terroir composition is very much a contributing factor.
Wine-making has existed in the region for centuries, starting with the Greeks and into the Roman period and beyond. The great Norman Longobard castle still stands in Avellino. Aglianico itself is one of the original Greek-cultivated grapes, sometimes referred to as Ellenico. But Taurasi is very much a modern era wine and its success is specific to a single producer and vintage: Masterberardino 1968. This wine stormed the international scene and propelled the region to DOC status in 1970. It earned the superior DOCG classification in 1993. Bottles of the 1968 vintage still exist, and though rare, are Read more »

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