Aglianico is a dark skinned grape from Italy with a history of being mistaken for a Greek grape. While the grape has it’s origins in Greece, the best examples are produced in Campania and Basilicata. Due to the late ripening, Aglianico is often one of the last grapes to be picked in Italy, as rushing it can lead t0 overly tannic reds without enough fruit and sweetness to counterbalance the velvet grip of the skins.
When made well, Aglianico exhibit deep chocolate flavors, plums, concentrated dark fruits, and refined tannins with just a hint of acidity. The top producing region is Aglianico del Vulture, a designated DOC in Italy which frequently used new French Oak casks to finish the wine.
Style: Dry, concentrated dark fruits, earthy.
Notable Growing Locations: Italy: Campania, Basilicata, Vulture