By all accounts Aglianico del Vulture is a fairly decent wine.
It is produced in the zone of Monte Vulture on the slopes of a very extinct volcano. This gives it a particular personality.
The area comprises 5000 hectares and 15 comuni from Venosa, Atella and Banzi to Genzano di Lucania, Melfi and Rionero in Vulture.
The Aglianico vine was introduced into the region by the Greeks around the VI century BC.
Its name is a corruption of Ellenico and was used by the Romans to enhance one of their own favorite wines, the Falerno.
Little did we know that 40% of the Aglianico production is sold outside of the region and is used to improve many different wines, including Chianti.
Think of that next time you are in Montepulciano.