Venosa is a town located North in Lucania and it is famous for having been the birthplace both of Orazio and of prince Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa. Full of history and art, Venosa boasts a culture widely spread around and much appreciated, the culture of a wine par excellence, named Aglianico di Lucania.
A wine with an intense ruby red colour and garnet hints , delicate blackcurrant fruits bouquet, an unmistakable and harmonious flavour which have fascinated important men in the past, such as Charles d’Angiò and Pope Paolo III Farnese as well as wine conosseurs all over the world. This is Aglianico del Vulture , a D.O.C. wine with more than 2000 years of history which represents the perfect marriage between the rich structure of a volcanic soil (Aglianico is in fact the volcano on the soil of which most of the Aglianico grapes are grown ) and the lucky exposure of the gentle Venosa hills. Venosa, a smiling town, rich of history and art, and proud for the many monuments dating back to Roman times, still to be admired.
Here, in Venosa, there is one of the most renowned wine businesses of Southern Italy: CANTINA DI VENOSA. Founded in 1957 by 27 promoting members , thanks to the will, the perseverance, the capability to associate of this vine-growers group, Cantina di Venosa nowadays is an association of 400 members with about 800 hectars of vineyards, most of which in the Venosa Commune , the largest producer of Aglianico grapes, in the Vulture area.
The equipment here is at the top, but technique, passion and care are those belonging to the tradition: careful assistance to each member during harvest, selection of the best grapes, attention to the various maceration and fermentation phases, scrupulous maturation , during which Aglianico is transferred in French and Slavonian oak barrels in order to achieve that superior quality for which it excelles.
Aglianico del Vulture would have been introduced in Italy by the Greeks, when Cuma was founded or a little bit later, whilst the change of Hellenica name into Hellanica and afterwards into Aglianico must be attributed to the end of XV century , when the Aragona’s power dominated in Naples Reign. The delicacy and exquisite style that you notice both from the bouquet and ** from its sent ,distinguish the grape that you can pick from vineyards grown on the hilly soil of Vulture, all important factors that have contributed Aglianico del Vulture to become a D.O.C. wine.
To this you should add the strength of the alcoholic degree which is generally over the minimum value of 12,5°, the total acidity that grants a fresh and pleasant taste and the high level of glycerine which brings softness to the wine. The flag-ship of the assortment is Carato Venusio, Aglianico del Vulture D.O.C. the colour is full garnet red, delicate bouquet and dry full-bodied round taste, an important red for pairing with roasted meat, game, venison and mature cheeses, which set this wine among the great wines produced in the Vulture area. To follow:
Il Gesualdo Aglianico del Vulture D.O.P., Terre di Orazio Aglianico del Vulture D.O.P., Terre di Orazio Dry Muscat, Terre di Orazio Rosè, Verbo Aglianico del Vulture D.O.P., Verbo Bianco Malvasia, Verbo Rosè Aglianico, MuscaVignali I.G.T. Rosso, Vignali I.G.P. Bianco, Vignali Spumante Sweet Muscat, are all wines belonging to Cantina di Venosa assortment.