AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE, ‘PIPOLI’ , Vigneti del Vulture 2018



Garnet red in colour. The nose has layered, highly complex aromas with hints of underbrush, violets and cocoa. Full-bodied, the wine has a sweet red fruit character with delicate oak nuances and persistent fruit notes through to the finish.

Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, now works with talented young Dennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle. According to Alberto, this is a beautiful area, isolated and uncontaminated, and almost like stepping back in time a few centuries.  It is certainly one of Italy’s least explored and poorest regions which is nevertheless producing some exciting wines.  The low trained vineyards are situated on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Vulture at altitudes of up to 800 metres above sea level.