One of the oldest grape varieties in the world, Aglianico was brought to Italy by Ancient Greek settlers. It is now predominantly grown only in Southern Italy, but certain New World regions are starting to produce these wines as well. Australian wine regions such as the Murray-Darling area, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills have experienced great success with growing Aglianico, due to its love of warm, sunny climates.
However, the Basilicata region in Southern Italy is perhaps the most famous area for Aglianico, where the wine Aglianico del Vulture is produced with DOCG status. These wines are full-bodied, with high tannins and good acidity, which gives them a great potential to age. The best examples have a dark cherry/berry profile with chocolate notes, and are highly prized throughout Italy. Best paired with hearty, rustic Italian fare, such as Penne alla Puttanesca!
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