Terre dell'Alta Val d'Agri DOC wine

The Terre dell’Alta Val d’Agri is a young DOC wine in an ancient land, which includes the entire municipal areas of Viggiano, Grumento Nova and Moliterno and the vineyards cultivated up to the maximum altitude of 800 meters above sea level.
The characteristics of the grapes are enhanced in this part of Basilicata thanks to the high summer temperatures, right in the period when the grapes are at their ripest. The Terre dell’Alta Val d’Agri wine is an oenological excellence obtained from two international grape varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Three types of wine are made: “Rosso”, which can be aged for at least one year. “Rosso Riserva”, which ages for two years, and “Rosato”, which also uses the White Malvasia grape of Basilicata.
Thanks to the synergy between local authorities and local wine makers, the “Terre dell’Alta Val d’Agri” was recognised as DOC in 2003, allowing founders to improve the management of production and the professionalism of the wineries.
The wine has a dark ruby red colour, tending to garnet as its ages. It is a rich, full-bodied, warm, enveloping and soft wine with hints of ripe raspberries and blackberries, cocoa, vanilla and toasted new wood. It goes perfectly with savoury and aged cheeses such as Canestrato di Moliterno, bean soup from Sarconi, and typical Lucanian cuisine in general.

Vineyards area

Viggiano

Grumento Nova

Moliterno


Grottino di Roccanova DOC wine

Grottino di Roccanova DOC is one of the youngest denominations in Italy, established in July 2009. The production area covers the province of Potenza and the DOC includes red, white and rosé wines.

The area affected by the Grottino di Roccanova DOC denomination focuses on the three municipalities of Sant'Arcangelo, Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea and Roccanova. This area is relatively limited and the hilly nature of the land located between the mountains of the southern Apennines creates the ideal conditions for grape growing.

As archaeological excavations have taught us, the winemaking tradition in Roccanova boasts distant origins. It seems that in indigenous tombs dating back to the 4th-5th centuries BC, containers were found that were used for drinking and storing wine. These finds are now exhibited at the National Museum of Siritide in Policoro. There is also a reference to the wine production of the Val d'Agri valley in the writings of Pliny the Elder. In fact, in his Naturalis Historia he writes that excellent wines called "Lagarini" were produced in the vicinity of Grumentum. It can be assumed that these wines were produced in Roccanova, since some scholars have placed the city of Lagaria in this area, a city founded by Epeo and famous for the fine wines mentioned by Pliny.

Grottino di Roccanova DOC is stored in cave-cellars, a series of tunnels dug into the rock of the “sandstone temples”, where, thanks to the constant temperature and humidity levels, the organoleptic characteristics of the wine remain unchanged over time. These caves (about 350) are located on the outskirts of the town of Roccanova (in the districts of Prato, Piscicolo, Manca, Carazita, Mannara), some of them dating back to 1700. According to some hypotheses it seems that the name of the wine itself derives from the characteristic places where it has always been stored ('Grottino' means 'small cave').

There are various events dedicated to Grottino di Roccanova DOC that take place both during the winter and the summer season.


Il Matera DOC

Matera DOC wine

The denomination of Matera DOC wine was established in 2005 and includes six types of wine: Matera "Rosso", Matera "Primitivo", Matera "Rosso Jonico", Matera "Greco", Matera "Bianco", Matera "Spumante".
The denomination takes its name both from the city of the Sassi and from the entire province that extends along the Ionian coast to Murgia, and includes the entire municipal areas of Bernalda, Calciano, Cirigliano, Colobraro, Craco, Ferrandina, Garaguso, Gorgoglione, Grassano, Grottole, Irsina, Matera, Miglionico, Montalbano Jonico, Montescaglioso, Nova Siri, Oliveto Lucano, Pisticci, Policoro, Pomarico, Rotondella, Salandra, San Giorgio Lucano, San Mauro Forte, Scanzano Jonico, Stigliano, Tricarico, Tursi, and Valsinni. The grapes can be produced in vineyards cultivated up to 700 meters above sea level
The taste of Matera DOC can have a slight hint of wood, apparently because they are processed according to traditional practices in wooden containers The colour and flavour varies according to the type.


Aglianico del Vulture DOC and DOCG

Aglianico is a word that derives from «ellenicum», and in fact it was the Greeks who introduced the vines in this corner of Basilicata, where the extinct volcano of Vulture is the backdrop.

From these vines is produced Aglianico del Vulture, a DOC wine sung even by the poet Horace, his great admirer. The intense ruby ​​red color and the velvety, warm and decisive flavor are the distinctive features of this wine.

Many producing companies have equipped themselves with important investments, and what was previously a wine destined only for the Lucanian market or at most the southern one, is now a product exported everywhere.

There are numerous events that are held every year in honor of Aglianico del Vulture wine, during which it is possible to taste it and accompany it to excellent foods prepared with typical local products.

Experts explain that Aglianico wine should be drunk aged one year, but it is even better if five years have passed since bottling. In any case, when the wine is well preserved, aging knows no limits. And it is good to know, because hardly anyone who happens to Rionero, Barile, Rapolla, Ripacandida, Ginestra, Maschito, Forenza, Acerenza, Melfi, Atella, Venosa, Lavello, Palazzo San Gervasio, Banzi, Genzano di Lucania, Montemilone, renounces to house a few bottles of red. Only in these parts, however, will you be able to taste the wine in its best combinations.