Above: Grapevines at the vineyards of Elena Fucci in Basilicata, Italy

Grapes were introduced toBasilicataby the ancient Greeks when they colonized the area in the sixth century B.C. This explains the name of the region's best-known grape variety, Aglianico, which is derived from the Greek word “Hellenic.” The most important wine region extends around the Monte Vulture volcano in northwestern Basilicata. The DOC (denominazione di origine controllata) Aglianico del Vulture has gained a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in Italy. The richness of the volcanic soil and elevation of the vineyards result in wines that, compared with other southern Italian reds, are elegant but robust.

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Above: Grapevines at the vineyards of Elena Fucci in Basilicata, Italy

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