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Discover the Enigmatic Aglianico Grape

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Aglianico Grape Harvesting

Let’s take a journey to the heart of Italian winemaking and discover the magic of Aglianico, a juicy and flavorful black grape with roots dating back to ancient Greece.

Its name is pronounced “ahl-YAH-nee-koe,” and after a long journey, it has found a new home in the sunny vineyards of Irpinia, located in Southern Italy.

Let’s explore the story of this grape together!

An happy and proud Aglianico harvester
Unravelling the Origins: From Greece to Southern Italy
Harvesting Aglianico grapes under the sun
The vine

The Aglianico grapevine is a fascinating plant that requires specific conditions to flourish.

This grapevine is known for its early blooming, which makes it highly sensitive to frost.

It is best grown in dry climates with ample sunshine, which helps it develop its unique flavours and aromas.

While this grapevine is relatively resistant to oidium, a fungal disease that can cause powdery mildew, it is highly susceptible to Peronospera, a downy mildew that can be quite damaging to the plant.

The Aglianico grapevine also has low resistance to botrytis, a noble rot that can enhance the flavours of some wines. However, this grapevine is too tannic to make a worthwhile dessert wine, so the presence of botrytis in the vineyard is more of a viticultural threat than an advantage.

Despite its vulnerabilities, the Aglianico grapevine is highly valued for its unique taste and is widely cultivated in Italy and other countries with suitable climates.

The wine-maker
The Wine: A Symphony of Flavors and Ageing Potential

Wines made from Aglianico grapes are typically full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity, which gives them excellent ageing potential.

The wine’s rich flavours make it a perfect complement to rich meats such as lamb.

In Campania, the grape has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to produce some Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) wines.

When young, Aglianico wine is very tannic and concentrated, requiring a few years of ageing before it can be enjoyed.

As it ages, the fruit flavours become more pronounced, and the tannins become more balanced with the wine’s other components. The wine’s signature colour is a deep garnet, and in well-crafted examples, it can have aromas of chocolate and plum.

Ripe Aglianico grape
A Day in the Vineyard: Capturing the Essence of Harvest

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