Basilicata is a small and uncontaminated region in the green heart of South Italy.
Vulture, this majestic out volcano that nourishes on its slopes Aglianico vines and centuries-old olive trees, is the custodian of a territory full of history, art, natural and landscape riches, wine and food traditions and a big hospitality.
Among Templar’s traces of which Basilicata seems to have its founder and the castles of svevian emperors, among Roman and Greek’s vestiges, this land, cradle of the most antique civilizations, give also big and bright horizons which conquer visitors that want to find unexplored paths, full of suggestions and authenticity.
The Aglianico grape has been well known since ancient Greek times.
Celebrated by the Latin poet Horace, it is grown on the slopes of Mount Vulture. And this is the origin of the three natural factors determining the constitution and ripening of these grapes. Firstly, the volcanic soil is fertile and rich in particular mineral elements. Then the tufo rock layers, deep down, act as water reservoirs during the drier periods of the year: what the local peasants call “milking the tufo”. Thirdly there is the unique micro-climate. The bunches of fruit are carefully selected and knowledgeably handled; they will yield a strong wine with a notable personality, precious ruby red color and complex aromas. For this reason, our Winery has paid especial attention to its choice of vineyards.
These areas have different soils, (sand, volcanic residue, medium consistency or clay ) but the same layer of volcanic tufo in common, and a pedoclimatic exposition which allows for perfect ripening of the grapes, amongst the very latest to be harvested (mid-October to mid-November).
An important part of our project is also to exploit the cultural traditions of our terroir, and we have begun this by reviving our own ancient grottoes dating back to 1600 and used by Franciscan Monks. These natural caves are cut into the volcanic tufo rock and guarantee exceptional conditions for the ageing of wine. Our French oak barriques thus rest in a perfect natural balance of temperature, constant humidity and ventilation. These intertwined grottoes reach under the village itself, creating a highly suggestive underground maze. They radiate from a tiny charming square, called the Facìle, typical of local architecture. With a horseshoe shape caused by the subterranean excavation of the tufo grottoes, the square collects and channels rainwater. The term Facìle thus derives from the word bacìle, local dialect for basin.
" We would like to lead you to these places where, through the assorted wine tasting of the Aglianico lands, you would live and grasp the spirit of our territory.
We reckon to organize a cellar tour whereby it will be possible to taste food and wine in harmony with local nature and people"