The Basilicata region
to the south. It also has two coastlines, one on the Tyrrhenian Sea between
Campania and Calabria, and a longer coastline along the Gulf of Taranto
between Calabria and Apulia. The region can be thought of as the "instep"
of Italy, with Calabria functioning as the "toe" and Apulia the "heel".
Basilicata, defining it as "Italy’s best-kept secret".
Although not as famous as other Italian wines, Aglianico del Vulture is considered one of the best red wines of Italy
Most of the vineyards are located on higher altitudes in the region, typically between 450 to 600 meters. The Aglianico grape ripens late and is often one of the last non-dessert wine grapes to be harvested in Italy being picked from late October to early November. When yields are kept low, the grape will produce intensely flavored wines.
Aglianico del Vulture DOCG can be produced only in the following communes: Rionero in Vulture, Barile, Rapolla, Ripacandida, Ginestra, Maschito, Forenza, Acerenza, Melfi, Atella, Venosa, Lavello, Palazzo San Gervasio, Banzi, Genzano di Lucania.