The Aglianico grape has been well known since ancient times, first planted here by the Greeks around the 6th or 7th century BC. It is grown on the slopes of Mount Vulture, and three natural factors determine the constitution and ripening of the grapes. Firstly, the volcanic soil is fertile and rich in particular mineral elements. Second, the tufo rock layers, deep down, act as water reservoirs during the drier periods of the year. Lastly, the many micro-climates, which create myriad growing challenges and advantages for the vineyards around the extinct volcano.
THE THREE PRODUCERS:
Grifalco sources the fruit for this entry level wine from the younger vines located on all four of their properties, notably Ginestra and Maschito, surrounding the historical and picturesque mountain village of Venosa, their winery homebase.
Cantina del Notaio is located in Rionero del Vulture, between the Barile and Ginestra Crus, but sources fruit from all seven of their vineyards, to encompass the entirety of the Vulture’s mineral rich clay and tufo terroir.
Musto Carmelitano is located in the Cru area of Maschito where elevation and specific blend of black volcanic sand, white calcareous and red clay are what drive the farming practices as well as the flavor complexities in the wines.