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Basilicata, tucked in the arch of the Italian boot, is a place of arid hills and desolate mountains, little-known as a wine or tourist destination. Yet this region has produced noteworthy wines since Greeks grew the first grapes here in the 6th century B.C. One of them is believed to have been Aglianico, which makes a robust and deeply colored red wine, often ageworthy, typically boasting notes of dark fruits, earth and spice.

In Basilicata, Aglianico is used to make one of Italy’s greatest wines, Aglianico del Vulture (Ahl-yee-AH-nee-koh del Vool-TOOR-ay). It’s produced from Aglianico grown on the slopes of Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano. It’s sometimes called “the Barolo of the South” because its intensity and power can approach that of the iconic Piedmont wine.



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