What is Aglianico?

Aglianico is widely regarded as the highest quality red grape variety of southern Italy, producing powerful, highly structured wines that often benefit from ageing.

What does Aglianico taste like? 

Aglianico produces full-bodied wines with plenty of tannin and acidity, sour cherry and damson fruit with a marked stony character in many of the finest examples. 

Where is Aglianico from?

Aglianico is documented in southern Italy from the 16th century but is likely to have a far longer history here, quite possibly since Roman or even Greek colonisation, and may well be native to the area. 

Where does Aglianico grow? 

Aglianico is late ripening, requiring a warm, dry climate to achieve full maturity, and performs particularly well in volcanic soil. These factors have helped make Aglianico the most important red grape of southern Italy’s Campania and Basilicata regions. Aglianico is rarely found outside southern Italy but in recent times has been planted in warmer parts of Australia and California.  

Famous Aglianico regions: 

  • Taurasi, Campania, Italy 
  • Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy 

Anything else? 

Despite suggestions that Aglianico’s name is derived from “Ellenico”, or “Hellenic”, there is no DNA evidence to support any link to surviving Greek grape varieties.  

Our selection of great Aglianico 

  •  Mastroberardino, Taurasi, Italy 
  • Antonio Caggiano, Taurasi, Italy 
  • Elena Fucci, Aglianico del Vulture, Italy 
  • D’Angelo, Aglianico del Vulture, Italy 
  • Alpha Box & Dice, McLaren Vale, Australia 

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