Viticulture in Basilicata
Basilicata is the smallest region in Southern Italy and ranks third among the Italian regions with the tiniest wine production (after Valle d’Aosta and Liguria)
Which are the main grape varieties in Basilicata?
Aglianico del Vulture: Believed to date back to the 7th or 6th century BC, this red wine is known for its full-bodied structure and racy tannins. It displays spicy and earthy aromas mingling with flavors of dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. Grown at high altitudes on the slopes of the inactive Vulture volcano, Aglianico the Vulture tends to display higher acidity and greater finesse than examples of Aglianico from Campania and Puglia. It is also considered one of Italy’s age-worthiest red wines.
Malvasia di Basilicata: Malvasia-based white wines like Grottino di Roccanova DOC and Matera DOC pair well with local dishes, including la rafanata (horseradish omelet). Sweet versions are also worth seeking out
Primitivo: native to neighboring Puglia, Primitivo thrives in the Murge Materane area. It gives bold and spicy wines with good acidity to balance