Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Carato Venusio Cantina di Venosa 2012

Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Carato Venusio Cantina di Venosa 2012

This particularly elegant red wine produced in oak casks in the heart of Basilicata by a cooperative attentive to quality has a delicate scent that is reminiscent of violets and fruits of the forest
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WineryCantina di Venosa
TypeRed Wines
Wine zoneVulture
Appellation or VineAglianico del Vulture Superiore D.O.C.G.
CompositionAglianico 100%
Alcoholic Content14.5
Bottle typeBordolese
Content (cl)75
Glass typeBordeaux Grand Cru
Vines cultivated for their red fruit on the volcanic slopes of Vulture in Basilicata were once known as Hellenico because of their Greek origins. With the passage of time the name changed to Aglianico. The Aglianico grapevine, now common in this area, yields quality grapes which produce a delicate, red aromatic wine. It is a wine that has been acclaimed through out the ages. The Latin poet Orazio, born in Venosa in 65 AD, praised the "comfort, joy and confidence" it confers. Centuries later it was praised by Carlo I d'Angiò and drunk by Pope Paul III Farnese. The Carato Venusio Superiore it is a wine of rare elegance and value. The wine is obtained from grapes which are cultivated using the traditional Gouyot system and harvested by hand towards the end of October. Fermentation takes place under controlled temperatures, with maceration of the grapeskins. It is then refined in 225 litre oak casks for twelve months. The finished product is a ruby colour, which tends to have an orangey reflection when it has been aged. Its delicate scent is reminiscent of violets and fruits of the forest. It tastes dry, cool and harmonious, and almost velvety when aged.

The producer

Cantina Cooperativa Riforma Fondiaria di Venosa was formed in 1957 by a specially created public body for the reform of Puglia, Lucania and Molise. It was equipped with its own processing facilities in 1965 and again in 1985. These have special grape crushing facilities and can cope with 60'000 quintals of grapes. The cooperative is made up of about 500 members from Venosa, Ginestra, Ripacandida, Maschito and Montemilione. At the end of the day, it is the members of the cooperative who guarantee the quality of the finished product.

Best with

This wine goes well with roast meat and game.

How to serve it

It should be served at 15-17 degrees centigrade and opened at least one or two hours earlier. The best glasses are clear, transparent crystal goblets.

How to keep

The bottles should be laid flat in a cool, dark, humid cellar.


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