Basilicata
Destination
1.5 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng+
Language
1+
People

Aglianico del Vulture: journey through history

Come and visit our historic wine cellar in the picturesque Vulture area in Basilicata! Discover the ancient 17th century caves where the famous Aglianico del Vulture rests. Taste this extraordinary wine in a unique and fascinating environment.


What you’ll do

  • Visit the ancient wine ageing caves in Rionero in Vulture
  • Taste 3 glasses of wine chosen by our sommelier, paired with a platter of typical Lucanian cold cuts and cheeses

Price per person: € 20


What to expect

Our winery is located in an ancient building in Rionero in Vulture, where the historic caves dating back to 1600 and already used by the Franciscan Friars are situated.

These natural caves dug into the volcanic tuff, thanks to a perfect and natural balance of temperature, constant humidity and ventilation, guarantee exceptional conditions for the refinement of the Aglianico del Vulture, which rests inside French oak barriques. All interconnected, the caves develop in the subsoil of the town, creating a highly suggestive underground route for visiting the wine cellars.

We will take you on a wine cellar tour in this fascinating place steeped in history. You will get to know the place where we take care of our wines.

At the end of the winery tour, you will taste three glasses of our wine, paired with a platter of typical Lucanian cold cuts and cheeses.

Where Rionero in Vulture, Potenza – 90 min from Matera
When From Monday to Saturday – duration 1.5 hours
Start time 10 a.m.

5 p.m.

Language Italian, English and French
Important information
  • Comfortable clothing is required for the winery tour. A long-sleeved jumper is recommended for the low temperature and humidity of the caves.
  • Please indicate the language of the experience when booking.
  • The choice of labels for tasting is at the sommelier’s discretion.
What’s included
Visit to the winery and historic caves
3 glasses of wine
Platter of typical cold cuts and cheeses
What’s not included
Transport

Price per person: € 20

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The Food Expert:

The link with Aglianico del Vulture 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.

Our historical winery is located in Rionero in Vulture, in an old restored building where there are ancient caves dating back to 1600. Today these caves house our oak barrels where the fine Aglianico del Vulture rests and allow the traveller to visit wineries in the Vulture region through a fascinating and unforgettable route. You will discover that for wineries Basilicata also means millenary history!


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

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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