Basilicata
Destination
2 hours
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Ita-Eng
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Aglianico del Vulture and Basilicata foods

A fascinating journey through the history of Aglianico red wine and Lucanian foods.

We will visit together the headquarters of our winery in Rionero in Vulture. We will welcome you in an ancient palace where there are caves dating back to 1600s and already used by Franciscan Monks.

These natural caves carved into volcanic tuff, thanks to a perfect and natural balance of temperature, constant humidity and ventilation, provide excellent conditions for the refinement of our wine, which rests in French oak barrels. All connected to each other, the caves extend underneath the town, creating a highly suggestive underground path.

After the tour at the discovery of this unique place, you will taste three different wines that we make from our Aglianico del Vulture grapes: two types of Aglianico del Vulture D.O.C. Red wine from Aglianico del Vulture grapes and a Basilicata I.G.T. Sweet white from Moscato del Vulture (70%) and Malvasia del Vulture (30%) grapes.

All paired with a tasting menu of small local food delicacies. You will taste “bruschetta” – toasted bread – with three types of our extra virgin olive oil (coratina, ogliarola, rotondella olive varieties), ricotta, cheese, salami and local sweets.


The Food Expert: the link with Aglianico del Vulture wine and my family roots go back to an history of childhood when, at the age of about seven, I started to look around my grandfather’s vineyard. I found him bowed near a vine. He turned, saw me, and suddenly asked me what my name was. I replied and he promised to bequeath his vineyards to me, because I was the only nephew to carry his name.

Where Rionero in Vulture, Potenza – 90 min from Matera
When From Monday to Saturday, Sunday by reservation – duration 2 hours
Start time 10 a.m.

5 p.m.

What’s included
Historic caves tour
Aglianico Wine tasting
Olive oil tasting
Local food tasting
What’s not included
Transport

Price per person: € 23,00

Cancellation policy: all bookings can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

What to remember: the Expert will respond within 24 hours. No amount will be charged to the card.

The link with Aglianico wine and my family roots go back to an episode of childhood when, at the age of about seven, I started to look around my grandfather’s vineyard. I found him bowed near a vine. He turned, saw me, and suddenly asked me what my name was. I replied and he promised to bequeath his vineyards to me, because I was the only nephew to carry his name.

In 1998, at the age of forty, I decided to leave my previous job as a manager to take up the challenge of enhancing Aglianico del Vulture wine. I understand today that the true legacy passed on to me by my grandfather is, beyond the vineyards, his heritage of values, the love for things done well, the desire to do more than to have. The real challenge is thus to elevate Aglianico del Vulture by combining tradition, innovation, history and local culture.

The cultivation methods used in the winery are inspired by the utmost respect for nature and are suitable to improve the accumulation of water reserve, as well as the content of organic substance. So in the first place there is the respect for plant life, for the environment and for the natural and intrinsic vitality of the soil.

The headquarters of our winery are located in Rionero in Vulture, in an ancient renovated palace with ancient natural caves dating back to the 1600s and already used by Franciscan Monks. Today they house the barrels where our wine rests and allow visitors to make a fascinating and unforgettable journey through history.

Aglianico del Vulture

Aglianico del Vulture is the red wine obtained from the vinification of Aglianico grapes. This grape is grown on the slopes of an ancient volcano, the Vulture. Thanks to the volcanic soils, the presence in depth of tuffaceous layers that work as a water reserve during dry periods and the extremely particular microclimate, Aglianico del Vulture matures to perfection allowing us to make a strong wine with a strong personality, a ruby colour and complex aromas.

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